Lewis Hamilton: Valtteri Bottas won't want a gifted Formula 1 win

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium in Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to striking, experimental choices of clothing, and the Formula One world champion made another bold statement on Thursday.

Ferrari have earned six victories so far this season while Mercedes have earned nine, meaning that with two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, they can not possibly match, much less pass, the win total of the Brackley-based team. "It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I don't think that's a good thing". "It's not something I've asked Valtteri if he wants, but I don't think he's going to want that".

Fourth place finisher Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning the 2018 F1 World Drivers Championship with his team after the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 28, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

"I'm someone who really loves racing but the season is long". "I want to win by winning the race myself". You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is so done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard'.

"Getting your mind turned".

Asked ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix if he would be tempted to hand a win to his wingman in exchange for his services, Hamilton said he doubted Bottas would want to be gifted a victory. "That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time".

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With the drivers' title secured, Mercedes have yet to clinch the constructors' championship and Ferrari must outscore them by 13 points in Brazil to take the fight to the final race.

After being out-performed by a revived Ferrari in Texas and Mexico, the Mercedes pair will seek to regain the initiative from rivals Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. We go flat out and try and score more points.

The Briton has won nine of the 19 races so far this season while Bottas, who has dutifully obeyed team orders to help Hamilton and endured agonising bad luck while leading, has yet to triumph. "He won it. Fair play and congratulations to him".

"But I am really hopeful we get in the vehicle this weekend and it feels more normal and we are more competitive", Hamilton added.

"There's a drivers' championship, but if you go to any team they're probably going to say this is more important for them - the constructors' championship more than the drivers".

They are also keen to expand their portfolio in America by adding multiple races and remain hopeful of taking F1 to Miami within two seasons.

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