Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed a rather productive few weeks of late after roaring out to a 34 point lead in the Formula Drivers Standings. The Briton extended his lead over fierce rival Sebastien Vettel this last weekend in Malaysia after the German was forced to start from the back of the grid.
Vettel recovered remarkably to finish fourth but was still behind Hamilton who consolidated his lead after victory in Singapore while Vettel crashed out.
The Formula road show makes its next stop in Japan with just five races remaining in what has been a fantastic season. However, despite his large lead, Hamilton is taking nothing for granted, expressing that he still does not know what to expect from his Mercedes week in week out.
"Still this deep into the season I have no idea where it (the car) is going be good, where it's going be great - like Silverstone - or where it'll be a real struggle like Malaysia or Singapore," said Hamilton.
"All I've got to do is make sure I'm fit, healthy, focused, there on time, at the meeting, understood the car and I've done my study. Basically prepare for war.
"That's what I try and do, make sure every weekend I'm the best prepared I can be."
Hamilton is well aware that he will need to be at his best if he wishes to extend his lead this weekend at Suzuka. However, if the 32-year-olds comments are anything to go by, it would seem that Vettel is not his biggest concern, but rather taming his Mercedes that team chief Toto Wolff branded a "diva" earlier in the season.
"I didn't say it was a diva. Toto did," he continued.
"I don't know if I have as good a word as that. Not that's it's a diva. Stubborn, but it's cool because I'm stubborn.
"Me and the car have lots of things in common, because it has got great potential but doesn't always want to do what you tell it to do. That's the best way of describing it."
Suzuka represents a fantastic opportunity for Hamilton to take another step towards a fourth world championship title, but Sebastien Vettel will be desperate to ensure that this year's title race goes right down to the wire.
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