Lewis Hamilton has reiterated that he is not going to settle for second place at the Brazilian Grand Prix today despite not needing to win the race at Interlagos to be crowned world champion at the end of the season.
After claiming five straight wins between the Italian Grand Prix and last weekend’s race in Austin, Hamilton can become the Formula 1 world champion for a second time by simply finishing second in the final two races of the 2014 season.
However, the Briton insisted after qualifying yesterday that he is not interested in winning the title the easy way, and will be gunning for a sixth straight win at Interlagos today from second place on the grid.
“Of course pole position is the best place to start here but it’s a long race tomorrow,” Hamilton said after being edged out by teammate Nico Rosberg yesterday.
“It should be quite exciting with all the pit stops and the weather we don’t really know, so I’m here, I want to win, just as much as anyone else here, so I’m going to work as hard as I can tomorrow and hope we get have a race at least.
“I’ve come here to win so the priority target as always to try and win the race. Of course, on top of that, I want the team to have another one-two which is going to be our target. We know the Williams are very close. Hopefully we’ll have a good battle tomorrow.”
With victory today, Hamilton will ensure that he has a lead of over 30 points for the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi, meaning that he would win the title with a top-five finish at Yas Marina where double points will be awarded.
You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on CNBC from 10:30a ET today.
The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.
“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”
Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.
He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.
The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.
“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.
“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”
Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.
A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.