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Images from the 2019 Formula 1 event at the Circuit Paul Ricard race track in Le Castellet, France


Jun 242019

Lewis Hamilton has now won six of this season's eight Formula One races and is irrefutably on course to defend his world title. Yet despite his impressive dominance, he's actually seeking a way to even up the F1 field; because he wants to be made to fight for his victories, as he enjoys that the most.

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver delivered a stunning performance to win the French Grand Prix, leading every single lap of the race from Pole Position, even when he made his one pitstop. His current form has now prompted talk in the Formula One paddock about the prospect of him going unbeaten for the remainder of 2019 season.

Too unrealistic to expect? Perhaps, but he is certainly delivering at the moment for the team and Head of Motorsport, Toto Wolff. "People see success and they often don't have a real understanding of how much work goes on in the background" says Lewis. "Obviously we've got an incredible boss and I think it tiers down from the head.

"We owe a lot to Toto, of how he manages this team and how he manages us as drivers and allows us to race and allows us to race. We have a great team of communicators and hard workers. There's not a single person that is complacent within the team.

“Honestly I never thought I'd see such a great team, and be so fortunate as to be in such a great team. So I'm really, really grateful to witness it. Little by little, just keep working at it, keep chipping away and it's getting better and better but the races just continue to be my strongest point.

"But I really do hope that we have more close races like the last race. I really hope Ferrari bring some extra downforce rather than keeping the straights fast, get some speed through the corners so we can start racing each other.”

Lewis's first place and Valtteri Bottas coming second completed a dominant weekend for the team. However, before the race at Paul Riccard, Lewis had visited the sport's governing body's HQ in Paris to have input in shaping F1's future, for he wants the competitive nature to return.


Lewis added: "It's really important for people to realise it's not the drivers' fault. This is a constant cycle of Formula One for years, even before I got to Formula One.


"I totally understand it and I remember growing up watching. Don't point the fingers at the drivers because we don't write the rules, we have nothing to do with the money shifting, all that kind of stuff. I think the people at the head of it are trying to but for many, many years they've made bad decisions.


"I have faith that it's going to get better, I really, really hope so and to the point that I went to Paris to get involved. I have nothing to gain by it by being there but if there's anything I can help. They've been making all these decisions and never once had a driver's input, so if that can be the decisive point that helps shift it and the fans can get better racing, I will be proud to be a part of that."


Lewis will be looking to make it seven wins from nine, at the Austrian GP, on June 30.