Hamilton wants to 'get close' to Schumacher tally

Paola Ditto
Novembre 8, 2018

Hamilton went on to finish fourth - enough to clinch the title - and nearly a lap down on race victor Max Verstappen, but was forced to make two stops in a race many expected would see just the one, whilst Bottas, fifth and lapped, made three stops as the pair struggled with degradation.

But Wolff wants to see his drivers crank up the pressure on Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during the final stretch.

Mercedes are 55 points clear of the Italians, with 43 still to be won after Brazil.

The Mexican Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton clinch the 2018 World Drivers' Championship but for team boss Toto Wolff, it is a case of a job half done, as Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport gun to add the Constructors' Championship to their résumé.

"We have a big battle on our hands for the constructors' title and we have lost ground to Ferrari in each of the past (two) race weekends - even though we had the base performance to do better".

"This is the moment to keep our feet on the ground, focus clearly on the objective and trust in our processes and people to deliver".

The Brit is establishing himself as one of the greatest drivers in history, but is yet to feature for Formula 1's most famous and successful outfit, Ferrari.

With no Brazilian driver in the race, Felipe Massa's departure at the end of past year ending an unbroken line extending over four decades, the carnival atmosphere may be slightly more muted.

Hamilton went into the last race of the 2007 season having enjoyed an impressive campaign up to that point.

Vettel won previous year, after Bottas took pole, and the championship runner-up has the best record of anyone on the current grid with three past wins in Brazil.

"These are two young rising stars that are already showing incredible potential", Hamilton said after he arrived in Sao Paulo for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

"Apparently, they're going to have a much bigger presence".

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