Lewis Hamilton not happy with proposed expansion plans, threatens to quit F1


Lewis Hamilton says he has held off thinking about his drivers' championship victory in order to focus on performing at a high level for the final races. The sport's owner Liberty Media has expressed a desire to expand it further and the Dutch media have reported that a race at Zandvoort is increasingly likely.

But the newly-crowned five-times world champion said the season was already too long and there was not enough time between seasons to be able to recover.

Kimi Raikkonen congratulated Lewis Hamilton on his fifth world title, but warned him that Ferrari are going all out to stop Mercedes completing a Formula One championship double at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. "I still want to win the race, the pressure is still the same and generally I have performed the best under pressure, so maybe I have subconsciously allowed the pressure to remain the same". 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.

As it stands, barring any late surprises, 2019 will mark the third season in which the F1 calendar has comprised 21 races, the most in the sport's 69-year history.

"Some of it is still a mystery but I think there are a lot of areas that we have understood".

"I am someone that really loves racing, but the season is long, it takes a big commitment from all of us, and it is a long time away from our families".

'The seasons are getting longer, and the off-time is getting shorter, so from a competitor's point of view the turnaround is short.

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"You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard". All I can speak is for myself.

"Getting your mind turned".

Hamilton and Bottas need to score 31 points between them to end Ferrari's challenge for the team title at Interlagos where they have only a modest record.

"The team are not going to make that call", Hamilton added.

"It's not something I've asked Valtteri if he wants but I don't think he's going to want that".

"So I don't think I'll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that - I think he thinks he can do it himself".

"I definitely wouldn't want to win by being given [it]", he said. I think this track does work quite well with a more nimble, shorter auto.