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LH44: Historic title wrap up within reach at COTA

Oct 182018

Lewis Hamilton has the chance to make history this weekend at the United States Grand Prix by becoming a five-time Formula One world champion.

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team driver, who is currently also the defending world champion and sits at the top of the drivers’ standings, will become the second most successful driver in the history of F1, providing he out-scores Sebastian Vettel by eight points at the Circuit of the Americas.

A fifth world title for the 33 year old will mean he would draw level with Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio; who dominated the sport in the 1950s. Only former Silver Arrows and Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, who won seven titles between 1994 and 2004 would then have more championships to his name.

The Texas based track is certainly one that Lewis enjoys too, and statistically at least, the omens look good ahead of the weekend. Lewis has won five out the last six US Grand Prix, and Silver Arrows machinery has locked out the P1 slot in qualifying for the last four visits to the Circuit of the Americas in succession. Add into the mix that the scheduled weather in Austin is set to be wet, and that too plays into Lewis's hands, for he has excelled whenever there has been a downpour this season.

Despite having a comfortable 67 lead over Vettel, in the wake of his back-to-back victories in Russia and Japan, he is not changing his approach to race weekends, despite being aware of the magnitude of a victory in Texas and Vettel's result going in his favour.

 

After his ninth win of the season coming at Suzuka, Lewis said: "Honestly, I'll take it one step at a time. Each week you have a positive weekend and you go to another Grand Prix and you're not sure how you're going to fare and how you're going to perform, because there are still gaps in between. But I think we have gone from strength to strength this year as a team, so I really hope that we can [win]. Austin is usually a good track for us, so I can't wait to unleash this beast there."


Toto said: "With six race victories in the last seven races, Lewis has shown what a class act he is. Both on and off the track he is more complete than ever before, showing commanding performance in the car and challenging the entire team to perform to higher levels at the same time.

 

"The battle is far from over, so we approach Austin the same way as every other race: take it one step at a time, focus on our job and make sure we bring performance and reliability to the track. The Circuit of the Americas has been a good track for us ever since it was introduced in the F1 calendar, but past results have no impact on the current championship. Everyone in the team knows that we cannot take anything for granted, so we will be as diligent as ever, keep our heads down and work hard to get a good result in Texas. "This championship fight has been exhilarating and we can't wait for the next chapter in the epic battle of silver and red.”

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