Lewis Hamilton still has a lot he wants to achieve in Formula 1 as he stands on the verge of his fifth drivers’ championship at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
A finish of seventh or higher will guarantee Hamilton the championship, as will anything but a victory for Sebastian Vettel. Although not yet mathematically champion, it would take an extraordinary set of circumstances for Vettel to overturn a 70-point deficit with only 75 points remaining.
Hamilton says he still feels motivated to reach for more, just as he did during the five-year gap between his first and second titles.
“I’ve still got more to do,” Hamilton said. “There are so many different things that happened in that time and I waited a long time to get the second [title]. I could easily have stayed where I was and I wouldn’t be sitting here with the ones I have now.
“It’s been interesting, the journey and the different decisions I have taken, but I am very grateful for the route that I have been on. I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position I am in, but I feel like I have quite a lot left to do.”
And Hamilton says his experience of past title fights, allied to the comfortable position he is in — only needing five points in total from the remaining three races — allows him to remain calm as the championship is within reach.
“It’s not my first rodeo. I’m guessing that’s just the place that I am at in my life. Being that I am a bit older and I have the experience to know what I need to do to get myself into shape, and I’m just really enjoying racing. I’m here to win and I’m here to win this championship with the team, so I choose what I want to put my focus towards and I don’t allow any negativity in.
“So I’m just on a positive wave. I’m sure if I was here and there was one point between us it would be different and more intense, but I’m a decent amount of points ahead, so I guess that does naturally help a little bit, but I think it’s just the experience.”