The British driver maintains he is not getting carried away despite opening a huge lead with an impressive victory in the Japanese Grand Prix over the weekend.
By SportBrief Reporter
Lewis Hamilton says he is taking nothing for granted in the title race even though the Mercedes driver leads Sebastian Vettel by 59 points after his Ferrari rival retired early in Suzuka.
“I just have to keep my head down and keep doing what I’ve been doing,” Hamilton said. “There are still 100 points available.
“We’ve still got to win the next four races.”
Hamilton has been in impressive form of late, having taken four wins and a second place in the five races since Formula 1 returned from its summer break at the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.
The same cannot be said of his fiercest rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who has of late seen his title campaign somewhat imploded, with a start-line crash in Singapore followed by engine issues affecting his races in Malaysia and Japan.
As things stand, Hamilton will wrap up the title if he wins the next race, the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, and Vettel finishes lower than fourth.
“Is it a purple patch? A golden patch maybe. It’s definitely been a great second half of the season. An incredible performance from the team,” said Lewis.
Hamilton described his advantage as “kind of unbelievable, really”, adding: “I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap. Ferrari have put on such a great challenge all season long. My team have done a great job. They are so meticulous and that is why we have the reliability we are having.”