Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes man refutes Toto Wolff claim championship could end with crash

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Lewis Hamilton has rejected the suggestion from Mercedes chief Toto Wolff that this year's F1 title battle could end with a Prost/Senna-type smash.

Speaking earlier this week, Wolff suggested that if the title race went down to the final Grand Prix of the year and one driver had the opportunity to end the championship with an incident and take the title for themselves, he'd not be surprised to see them do so.

Indeed, it's something we've seen before in the sport with the likes of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve, and Verstappen and Hamilton have already had high-profile incidents themselves this year at Silverstone and Monza respectively.

Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix this weekend, then, the suggestion was put to Hamilton but he was quick to reject such claims, saying he'd much rather win it cleanly and fairly than employ any untoward tactics:

“I haven’t read what Toto has said, but I highly doubt that he would insinuate that would ever be the case,” Hamilton said. “We’ve never won a championship in that way. I have never won a championship in that way, and we’d never want to. So that’s from my perspective and my point of view.

“I’m here to win in the right way, and that’s through sheer skill and determination and hard work.

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“You know how I’ve won my championships in the past,” Hamilton said. “I always want to win it the right way, and if you’re going to lose it, you lose it the right way also, with dignity and knowing you’ve given it your all and you’ve done things the right way, and you’ve worked as hard as you could.

“That’s all you can do, is give it your all and work as hard as you can with your team. If it doesn’t work out, then you live to fight another day.”

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