user icon
user icon

Hamilton: No need for an approach change

  • Published on 13 Sep 2018 14:37
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton believes that he doesn't need to change how he approaches F1 weekends despite holding a 30 point lead in the driver's championship. The Briton extended his championship lead last time out in Italy after rival Vettel spun at Turn 4 on the opening lap.

Vettel recovered to fourth place while Hamilton went on to take victory, extending his lead by 13 points. But the four-time world champion doesn't feel a need to change the way he approaches race weekends as there is still a lot of points left to play for.

“Honestly it is not, it might be subconsciously but I have not thought about it," he said. "At the moment there is no reason to change the way I approach races as there are a lot of points still available so the approach is still exactly the same as it has been all year long.

“It seems to be working so that’s really, we’ll just keep that up as long as we can basically but we do expect to have some difficult races up ahead. Obviously Ferrari have been ahead of us for the past few races so we’ve got to keep up with them if not pass them but it will be tough.”

Mercedes has struggled at the Singapore Grand Prix in recent years, but took victory last year after both Ferrari's crashed out on the opening lap. Hamilton has vowed to give the upcoming weekend his best shot and see what he can make of the situation.

“I honestly never have expectations every time I come to races,” Hamilton said. “I guess ultimately our expectation is to give it our all and try to perform as well, if not better, than we have in the past races. I think collectively as a team we have done a tremendous job over the past few races so we want to try to keep that quality of performance.”

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    Just listened to the best of radio from Italian GP ... Mercedes to their drivers ... formation all the way home to show our Italian colleagues. Side by side to the podium great stuff.

    • + 0
    • Sep 13 2018 - 15:57

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 2,200
  • Podiums 91
  • Grand Prix 114
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (35)
  • Place of b. Tewin, United Kingdom
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar