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Lewis Hamilton has not held back about his intentions for the next three years

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Lewis Hamilton has the chance to guarantee his place in the history books and overtake Jackie Stewart should he clinch the fourth world title of his career today.

16 points is all Hamilton needs in his next four races to ensure he claims the title over rival Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Inevitable, surely?

Yet, despite his success, British F1 fans have not always taken a shine to the 32-year-old and his actions both on and off the track.

Being such a natural winner and fierce competitor can often lead to some controversial comments and actions, something Lewis knows all too well.

As competition grows, rivalry follows suit, and Hamilton's rivalry with Vettel has been highly publicised in recent years.

One topic Hamilton had not yet shared an in-depth opinion on was Vettel's actions in Baku.

When initially asked about what looked like Vettel deliberately shunting Hamilton in Baku, Hamilton kept very tight-lipped.

Looking mystified he said he "did not know" how Vettel could do such a thing and still finish fourth.

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Now, this is something that would no doubt have an impact on Hamilton, but he is not willing to let it get to him, he feels he has the perfect approach to really show Vettel.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the Brit said: “How Sebastian behaved in Baku and what he does has no bearing on me or how great I can be.

“There is always respect. I don’t think, ‘You did this to me’. It’s not important. It goes back to when I was a kid. Actions speak louder than words. Win the championship and that will silence him.”

Whether Hamilton would have been this calm if he was not on the verge of winning his fourth F1 world title, will never be known, but he did also have his say on F1 juggernaut Ferrari.

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“It would be an honour for any driver to race those cars, but it has not been an option," he revealed.

“If Ferrari wanted me, they would have approached me. I want to work with people who want me."

He then gave his intentions for the future.

“I am happy to make their life a misery for the next few years.

“Sebastian just re-signed, so for me and Mercedes, our goal is to make him and Ferrari unhappy for the next three years!”

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Now, Hamilton has never been shy when it comes to displaying his intentions towards Vettel, but these comments show a true sign of how much he dislikes his German counterpart.

It will be very interesting to hear Vettel's comments on this, as it will be interesting to see how the rivalry continues over the next three years.

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