Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in wet United States first practice

Hamilton: Crazy to match F1 'godfather' Fangio's five

Hamilton will seal his fifth career title if he can gain eight points more than Vettel on Sunday.

"Michael is named the greatest driver of all time, he's got the most titles so there will 100 percent be a Schumacher back in Formula One", he said.

Hamilton will remain with Mercedes until at least the end of 2020 after signing a deal to become the sport's first £40million-a-season driver earlier this year.

"It's actually a rubbish rule but you know, they've (the race stewards) have got to have consistency because otherwise it makes a bit of a farce of all the regulations if you have a penalty for one race but not at another", Horner told Sky Sports. We'd rather have him there and put on a great show.

"Sebastian will again be there or thereabouts, but Lewis is racing in a different stratosphere because he has been able to build his momentum, race-by-race, year-by-year".

The Ferrari driver's sanction raises the likelihood of Lewis Hamilton being crowned world champion for a fifth time at the Circuit of the Americas.

Could the same also be said for Hamilton?


Hamilton had no envy of Fangio's era, however - a time of frequent driver funerals and also an age completely alien to his background as the grandson of 1950s Caribbean immigrants to England. I think it's pretty straightforward.

"I believe the great drivers are those that competed with no seatbelts, no crash helmets, and if you were involved in an accident there was a 50-50 chance you would die". But with the heavy rain which disrupted practice on Friday, set to play a role in qualifying, Hamilton is not taking anything for granted.

The 33-year-old British driver has been in America since last weekend and after several media appearances in NY he touched down at an unseasonably chilly Circuit of the Americas on Thursday. "So we naturally want to win this weekend".

Hamilton has already won nine races so far this season and looks likely to end the year in double figures, which is no mean feat considering he feels this year has been tougher than any he has experienced before. "We are not focusing on ifs, we are focusing on making sure we deliver".

"Sir Stirling would say you'd want to fall out if the car's going to crash: you hope that you get thrown out the auto".

"That just adds more pressure and you just don't need more pressure, so I'm just focusing on driving the best as I can".

"I think there should be common sense with the rules that we have, " Vettel added.

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