Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton wants to win F1 Championship in style at Mexico GP

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Lewis Hamilton is just one race away from claiming the Formula One World title on Sunday, but has reaffirmed that complacency is not an option heading into the championship-deciding race.

The Mercedes driver is currently 66 points ahead of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel in the overall standings.

He has nine race victories and 12 podiums to his name over the course of the year.

The 32-year-old only needs to finish fifth to clinch the championship, regardless of where Ferrari's Vettel finishes in the race, but Hamilton has made his intentions of victory crystal clear.

Stevenage-born Hamilton claimed: "I want to win. That's the aim. I have no desire to come here and finish fifth and watch someone else stand on the podium."

"You are only as good as your last race, so the dream would be to be standing on the top step of the podium this weekend having won the championship. That's the best feeling.

"I've not really thought about winning the title yet, to be honest. I am not really sure why. I have just been enjoying the moments from the last race in Austin."

The former McLaren driver will be buoyed hugely by his incredible form this season, and is widely considered the outright favourite for this race and the championship. 

But, Vettel is certainly wounded and looking set to miss out on a fifth title after leading in the F1 standings for much of the season.

The German was dissapointed in Thursday's pre-Mexico press conference and showed signs that this season had been a missed opportunity for Ferrari. 

"It is not over but it is not as much in our hands as we'd like, but overall no one expected us to be that strong, so there are a lot of positives."

But, as well as Vettel's deterioration, Hamilton's exceptional form this year has evidently been down to Nico Rosberg's surprise retirement last season, as well as an an enhanced relationship with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

32-year-old Hamilton will be hoping for similar scenes to last year at the Mexico GP, where he finished first - eight seconds ahead of Rosberg in second.

Hamilton undoubtedly wants to secure his fourth championship win in style and is leaving no room for complacency going into the weekend's race in Mexico City on Sunday

Topics:
Valterri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen
Formula 1
Mercedes

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