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.