Lewis Hamilton says that he is still not thinking about winning his fourth world championship, something he could do at tomorrow's Mexican Grand Prix. If the Briton manages to finish in fifth place or higher, he will be crowned championship, regardless of where rival Sebastian Vettel crosses the line.
Hamilton qualified for the race in third place, behind Vettel and Max Verstappen. Speaking after the session, Hamilton offered his congratulations to Vettel, admitting that the track was very slippery during the intense qualifying period.
"Congratulations to Sebastian on the 50th pole position, I tried to deny it from him but it wasn’t to be this weekend," Hamilton said. "I think it was a difficult session in general as it has been a difficult weekend. It is very slippery here and some of the issues we’ve got with the car are highlighted here. It is a little bit like Singapore.
"The gap is only a couple of tenths as I was a couple of tenths up on my last lap but didn’t finish it off. Still that is a significant gap and they just did a better job. The car is working well this weekend and we are still in the fight. I think our long run pace is looking better than our qualifying pace.
"Winning here would be incredible," he added. "Seeing the crowd today, it is such a spectacle here with the camera from above, and it looks incredible. There is a lot of energy in the crowd so to win it on Mexican soil would be pretty neat. But I haven’t [thought about the title] and I won’t think about it until I achieve it."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing