Hamil­ton says ‘Par­adise Pa­pers’ will not dis­tract him in fi­nal two races

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LEWIS HAMIL­TON says he will not let the con­tro­versy over his tax af­fairs “dis­tract” him as he heads into the fi­nal two races of this sea­son.

Hamil­ton is one of the high-pro­file fig­ures whose tax sit­u­a­tion came un­der scru­tiny in the “Par­adise Pa­pers”.

The Mercedes driver ad­mit­ted in Sao Paulo on Wed­nes­day that there was “a bit of a storm sur­round­ing” him.

But he added: “It doesn’t dis­tract me from my core val­ues or what I am here to do — win the Brazil­ian Grand Prix.”

The 32-year-old Bri­ton, who clinched his fourth world ti­tle at the last race in Mex­ico, is de­ter­mined to win at In­ter­la­gos on Sun­day and in Abu Dhabi on 26 Novem­ber.

He said he had noth­ing spe­cific to add to the state­ment — put out by his man­age­ment com­pany when the ar­range­ments over his pri­vate jet came to light — which said his tax af­fairs were con­ducted by ad­vi­sors and that he had been as­sured every­thing was “above board”.

He said: “Yes, the cham­pi­onship is done. But I still have two races. It is im­por­tant to win those two races to con­tinue to so­lid­ify what I have worked on this year.

“If I was to sit back now and just re­lax and let some­one else take the glory, sure it would be nice for other peo­ple but that is not what I am about.

“So this week­end I am still faced with the same chal­lenges as the last races.

“Red Bull have re­ally picked up the pace and will be pretty strong, Fer­rari have picked up their per­for­mance, so it is go­ing to be close.”

Hamil­ton has this year be­come F1’s all-time record­holder for pole po­si­tions and is sec­ond in the list of win­ners, with 62 to seven-time cham­pion Michael Schu­macher’s 91.

But he said he had not specif­i­cally set him­self a clear goal of match­ing the leg­endary Ger­man’s achieve­ments.

“I want to con­tinue to raise the bar, pole po­si­tions, wins, I am still chas­ing Michael so I have a long way to go,” he said.

“It has never been my de­sire (to equal Schu­macher)… my goal as a kid was al­ways to do some­thing like Ayr­ton (Senna, a three-time cham­pion). I had never imag­ined what would be beyond that.

“So to think I will have these four ti­tles and I am still young and still have time ahead of me, the quest is to see ex­actly what I want.

“Nat­u­rally I al­ways want to win. I have a burn­ing de­sire to win these next two races, so in­evitably I want to go for a fifth (ti­tle),” he said. — BBC Sport

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