Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Lewis Hamilton threatens to quit Formula One

Lewis Hamilton threatens to quit Formula One

"It is not always the case you find all the solutions", Hamilton said, "so I am confident everyone has worked as hard as they can to rectify it and push forward but it might take this race and even the next race before we fully understand it".

Now, with the announcement of a Vietnamese Grand Prix being added to the calendar from 2020, Lewis Hamilton has expressed his concern that the season is becoming unbearably long. I mean I've not asked Valtteri if it's something he would want, but I don't think he's going to want that. It's a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time away from families, and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter. "I want to win by doing it by myself".

After winning four races in succession with Hamilton, Mercedes was soundly beaten in the United States Grand Prix and then produced its worst performance of the season in Mexico. You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is so done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard'. "That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time". Ferrari has enjoyed the upper hand over Mercedes in recent races - outscoring its rivals by 12 points in the USA and 11 points in Mexico - so it will require a better weekend at Interlagos if it is to take the battle to Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time. "The vehicle felt better than it did particularly what we were feeling in Mexico. We're trying to win", he told reporters.

On Wednesday Formula One confirmed a new grand prix in Hanoi, which will be a street race.

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Raikkonen, who famously won the drivers' title for Ferrari in Brazil in 2007, said that Hamilton deserved to win this year's crown and rejected the idea that his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel had lost it through team and individual errors. That said, when you've won five world drivers' championships, you probably have carte blanche to dress as you like.

The one difference between FP1 and FP2 was that Red Bull was not within that margin, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen dropping slightly off the pace of the two teams still vying for the constructors' championship. "This [the Constructors' Championship] is the most important thing".

Hamilton switched to full Mercedes business however in time for his press conference - in white, branded shirt and cap - where he threatened to leave F1 if the calendar became too bloated.

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