Despite being in pole position to retain championship
- Lewis Hamilton threw away a healthy championship lead back in 2007
- Briton can seal title if Sebastian Vettel finishes outside of a podium finish
- Hamilton is closing in on becoming first British driver to defend his crown
- Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg concedes the title is a long shot for him
Lewis Hamilton insists he is not ‘taking anything for granted’ as he closes in on a third Formula One world championship.
The 30-year-old will become the first British driver to successfully defend his grand prix crown if he wins in Austin on Sunday and Sebastian Vettel, now his closest challenger, finishes third or lower.
But with four races still to go, Hamilton does not mind where he wraps up this year’s title, providing he is crowned champion after the season finale in Abu Dhabi next month.
Lewis Hamilton insists he is not ‘taking anything for granted’ as he closes in on a third Formula One title. Hamilton was pictured taking his dog out for an enjoyable walk with an American football on Miami Beach
The 30-year-old could become the first British driver to successfully defend his grand prix crown in the States. But on Monday he was more focused on teaching his bulldog discipline as he makes his beloved Roscoe sit
Hamilton was on course to win the title in his debut season back in 2007, but threw away a healthy championship lead after he failed to finish in China and then crossed the line only seventh at the last race in Brazil.
‘I’ve learned from experience that nothing is ever done until it’s done in this sport, so I won’t be taking anything for granted going into the weekend,’ said Hamilton.
‘I’m going into this next race with the same approach I’ve had all year. There are four races left for me to get this championship tied up and as long as it’s done by the time I cross the line in Abu Dhabi that’s what really counts.
‘I’m excited to get out there, give my best and if I can come away with a third Stetson hat that would be unbelievable.’
Hamilton was congratulated by Russian president Vladimir Putin after winning in Sochi earlier this month
The Brit is not taking anything for granted after throwing away a healthy championship lead back in 2007
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is all but out of the championship title fight after he retired at the last race in Russia.
Indeed if Hamilton outscores him by two points he will have little more than pride to play for in the remaining three grands prix after Sunday’s round in America.
Rosberg said: ‘With four races left and a big gap to Lewis, it’s clear that the title is a long shot for me now.
Championship leader Hamilton celebrates after winning the 2015 Russian Grand Prix earlier this month
Nico Rosberg (right) watches from the garage in Sochi after crashing out of the Russian Grand Prix
‘But it’s not in me to give up or back down, so I’ll be pushing flat out to the end and hopefully having some fun out there in the final few rounds this year.
‘I really want to enjoy the next races, as our Silver Arrow is such a great car and gives me the chance to end the year with a few more wins.
‘Austin is definitely somewhere that you can have fun too, so I’m looking forward to going back there. It’s a great track to drive, I got pole there last year, and I’m coming off the back of a really strong weekend in Russia in terms of my performance, so if I can repeat all of that then I’ll be in a good position. Bring it on.’
Source: Daily Mail