How much more can Lewis Hamilton do in 2018 is the question? The Brit just clinched his fifth Formula One championship in the last race weekend in Mexico and has won nine times this season alone. Despite that, Hamilton says the focus won’t go astray this weekend in Brazil or in the season finale in Abu Dhabi. There’s still goals left to accomplish.
“I’m in the frame of mind that I still have races to win and the job isn’t done yet,” said Hamilton. “Right now, the focus is on making sure we secure this title (constructors) in the next two races for the team. That’s the key, because, as we always talk about, there are over 1,000 people back at the factory that work so hard and that is the one that means most to them. That’s on my to-do list so we can collectively do that this weekend or next weekend.”
Mercedes, currently leads Ferrari by 55 points in the standings but would need to outscore them by 20+ points in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix in order to clinch. That’s going to be a tough task.
Hamilton has noticed that heading into the weekend, his Mercedes has had a dip in success compared to the Ferrari’s. Having started on pole at the United States Grand Prix, Hamilton had to watch on as Kimi Raikkonen swept to victory – only the second time since 2012 that Hamilton’s been beaten in Austin – while at Mexico, Mercedes found themselves at the bottom of the team pecking order (behind Red Bull and Ferrari) in race trim.
“The last two races have been pretty shocking compared to our standards, and I don’t know how this next race is going to go,” said Hamilton. “We still have these two races to fight the Ferraris, who have been quite strong the last two races. So we have got a lot of work to do.”
From the British Grand Prix through the Japanese Grand Prix, Hamilton had six wins and two runner-ups in an eight race span. Over the last two races though, he’s finished third and fourth respectively. Meanwhile, Raikkonen has finished ahead of him in each of the last two races while Vettel beat him two weeks ago in Mexico. Bottas, has two straight fifth place finishes.
On top of that, Ferrari’s are comfortable again according to Vettel. They’ve erased the supposed upgrades and went back to what they started with. Vettel, won this race last year and has two podiums in his last three races in Brazil. Raikkonen, finished third last year too. Hamilton, was fourth a year ago while Bottas was second.
If this race goes like last year or even like the last two races, Ferrari may make this interesting.