Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton wants win to wrap up title for Mercedes

Hamilton threatens to quit if F1 continues to expand

"It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I don't think that's a good thing personally", he said.

With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points. Plans for a Vietnam GP to be introduced in 2020 were confirmed this week, while races in the Netherlands and Miami are also in the pipeline, with Liberty having previously suggested a 25-race calendar is on the cards.

"I have been three times in a position like that in '17, '09 and this year", he remembers.

This season has 21 races, as does 2019, but Formula One has also been talking to Miami for a USA street race and Zandvoort in the Netherlands about a return to the coastal circuit last visited in 1985.

"It's not something I've asked Valtteri, if he'd want that, but I don't think he's going to want that".

Mercedes can seal the constructors' championship at Interlagos for the fifth year in a row, providing Ferrari do not score 13 points more than them, and that will be the team's absolute focus. "Even though we had the base performance to do better", said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff. "We're trying to win", he told reporters.

But Hamilton said he would not be gifting any wins to the Finn, to pay Bottas back for ceding victory to his team-mate in Russian Federation three races ago.


Mercedes have won a team and driver title double in every season since the sport's hybrid era began in 2014 and they are odds-on to make it five in a row either this week or at the season-concluding Abu Dhabi.

"So I don't think I'll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that - I think he thinks he can do it himself. You all know what my goal will be for this weekend, so it's going to be up to me and I need to perform at my best level to fight for the win".

Since replacing 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, Bottas has helped the team to win 21 races overall and gained total respect and trust from his British team-mate.

"If you look at the last two races you will see that we kind of struggled, so I don't really have an idea of how it is going to be in the next couple of races", he said.

After Hamilton lost out to a Ferrari and a Red Bull in America, Mercedes suffered what their technical director James Allison described as "quite a whipping" in Mexico, when their lead driver was flattered to have finished in fourth.

"It's hard to explain why it has been tough for us, particularly in this last one, but I really hope the vehicle this weekend feels more normal and we are more competitive".

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