Hamilton will attack in Mexico with ‘nothing to prove’
LEWIS HAMILTON will head into the final three races of the season with “nothing to prove” after admitting he is still coming to terms with winning a third Formula One championship.
Hamilton emulated his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna by sealing a hat-trick of titles after he won a dramatic United States Grand Prix, an achievement he says still “doesn’t feel real”. The 30 year-old, who became the first British driver to successfully defend his Grand Prix crown, will now head to Mexico for Formula One’s first race there in more than two decades. But Hamilton is refusing to ease up in a season which he has dominated since he won the curtain raiser in Australia seven months ago.
“Sunday in Austin is all a bit of a blur,” said Hamilton. “The race was so, so crazy and it wasn’t until a few moments after I crossed the line that I realised that I’d done it. To be honest, it still hasn’t quite settled in.
“To match Ayrton in winning three titles has always been my ambition. I can’t express how grateful I am to everyone who made it possible. I couldn’t have done this without them.
“I can attack the final three races now with nothing to prove and nothing to lose, so the aim is absolutely to put my name down as the first Mexican Grand Prix winner of the modern era.”
Hamilton, who will match Sebastian Vettel’s record of 13 victories in a season by winning the final three races, added: “After the Ushanka-style hats we had on the podium in Russia and the Stetsons in America, I’m definitely hoping for a massive sombrero if I make it onto the podium on Sunday.”
Hamilton would have arrived in Mexico still awaiting his championship coronation but for Rosberg’s unforced error with just seven laps of Sunday’s dramatic grand prix remaining.
The German struggled to control his emotions after the race, launching a cap at Hamilton as well as accusing his team-mate of “extremely aggressive” driving after the pair banged wheels at turn one on the first lap. But Rosberg, who has won only three races in comparison to Hamilton’s 10 this term, still aims to end his poor campaign on a high. “The championship fight is over for me this year but I have three races left to make a big push,” he said.