I’m hunt­ing you down, Hamil­ton warns Ros­berg

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LEWIS HAMIL­TON warned Nico Ros­berg he was “hunt­ing” a fourth world ti­tle af­ter de­scrib­ing his stun­ning tri­umph in yes­ter­day’s wet and chaotic Brazil­ian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo as one of the eas­i­est of his 52 ca­reer vic­to­ries.

The 31-year-old Bri­ton won in Brazil for the first time at the 10th at­tempt to com­plete a hat­trick of con­sec­u­tive wins and keep alive his cham­pi­onship de­fence, tak­ing the ti­tle bat­tle down to the wire at the fi­nal race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov 27.

“I’m hunt­ing and all I can do is what I am do­ing,” said a de­lighted Hamil­ton, who trails his Mercedes team­mate and cham­pi­onship ri­val Ros­berg, who fin­ished sec­ond yes­ter­day, by 12 points with one race re­main­ing.

“The team have given me a great car and fi­nally the re­li­a­bil­ity has been good. Right now, I am liv­ing in the mo­ment.

“This was my dream when I was five or six, watch­ing Nel­son (Pi­quet) and Ayr­ton (Senna) race. It was one of my eas­ier races, I didn’t have any spins, any mo­ments. It was pretty straight­for­ward.”

His 52nd win from his 60th pole po­si­tion lifted Hamil­ton one clear of four­time cham­pion Alain Prost in the record books, leav­ing only one driver ahead of him with more wins – seven-time cham­pion Michael Schu­macher on 91.

Know­ing he had to win to keep his ti­tle chal­lenge alive, Hamil­ton – his rac­ing hel­met re­designed in trib­ute to Senna – drove with supreme con­cen­tra­tion to claim a flaw­less vic­tory in a dra­matic race lit­tered with ac­ci­dents and stop­pages amid the rain­storms.

“Not too bad,” he said, with deep irony. “I want to say a big thank you to the fans here, that was a long, long race.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port and they are so wel­com­ing to us here. I was gen­er­ally just chill­ing up front and when it rains it is usu­ally a good day for me.”

He added: “A big thank you to my team. We are cre­at­ing history. It is just in­cred­i­ble and I am so proud to be part of it.

“No mis­takes, no dra­mas, no spins. It was in­ter­est­ing to hear how many spins there were be­hind me!”

Ros­berg, who sur­vived a half-spin, said: “It was on the limit to­day, with the rain and the de­ci­sions. Lewis did a great job, it was very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, but I can live with sec­ond place.” – AFP

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Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team driver Lewis Hamil­ton cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning yes­ter­day’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix ahead of ti­tle ri­val and Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg (left) at the In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. –

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