Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019

Lewis Hamilton wary of Mexican Grand Prix threat as he seeks to secure sixth world title | F1 | Sport

Lewis Hamilton is willing to wait for his sixth world championship, though he has the chance to secure the crown in Mexico.

After Valtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix, it means the Finn is the only driver that can catch Hamilton this season.

But if the Brit beats his Mercedes team-mate by 14 points in Mexico on October 27, the championship will be Hamilton’s.

But the 34-year-old knows it won’t be easy and is wary of the threat from Ferrari stars Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton said: “I think for me it’s never been a case of always wanting to rush things.

“Valtteri’s driven well all year long, he’s done a great job today and he will most likely do a very very solid job these next races, so we still have a battle, the fight continues.

“I think Mexico is generally our worst race of the year because of the way our car is set up and it’s going to be a tough one for us. The last few have been pretty shocking, even though we’ve won the title there.

“I’m hoping for a better weekend but I think it’s going to be very hard to beat the Ferraris with those long straights.

“We have no hope of getting by on those straights, that’s for sure but even if you look at the others, the McLarens are picking up some serious speeds on the straights, so are the Red Bulls so I think it will be a tricky one.

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“I don’t anticipate it will be Mexico. I think we will be battling for a good few races.”

Bottas’s victory in Japan meant Mercedes have confirmed their sixth constructors’ title in a row.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: “It has never been done before and that’s why it feels great.

“It’s F1, it’s motor racing. Is it historic? I don’t know.

“There are more important things out there but for us it feels great.”

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