Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he’s ready to extend his lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel atop the Formula One driver’s championship as both driver’s resume hostilities in Japan this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton currently holds a comfortable 34-point lead over his closest rival going into Suzuka.
Hamilton though, insists he is not comfortable enough after he consolidated on his Monza victory with a win in Singapore and a strong finish over Vettel in Malaysia.
“I am not comfortable at all. It is not that I’m not at ease either, but I want to win this thing. I might have the nail a little bit in, I’ve got to keep hammering it. It’s not done until there’s no more to push in.”
Hamilton also feels that Ferrari and Red Bull especially have had stronger races in recent weeks because his car, the Mercedes W08, performs differently on every track. He affirmed though that his team at the Silver Arrows are the best in the Formula One this season.
“It’s definitely dependent on track by track,” said Hamilton, who has seven race victories to his name in 2017.
“You’ve seen so far in the season there have been races where we have been quicker than others, races where we’ve not had the best car and won.”
“But you’ve got to look at the season: we’ve got more pole positions than anyone, we’re leading both championships and still are the best team. We are working hard as we can to continue to prove that.”
Qualifying gets underway on Saturday by 8am while the Japanese Grand Prix zooms off 7am on Sunday morning.