Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

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.

"I'm hoping this weekend we can get the vehicle into the right place, so we can fight the Red Bulls and the Ferraris, who have seemed to come back more into shooting range. I think 18 was probably the best back in the day", he added. "It's quite close clearly between us at the front but I think there's more potential there so we have to try and squeeze it out".

It was a much-needed performance boost for Hamilton, after a tough race last time out, and the Briton will be hoping he has the package to help him claim what will be just his second win in Sao Paulo. "You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is so done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard".

"Getting your mind turned".

However, the proposal doesn't sit well with the British Mercedes driver.

Valtteri Bottas topped another incredibly tight practice session ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix as Mercedes and Ferrari opened up a gap to Red Bull.

"Obviously, we're not in a good position, but we're still in it and we'll do our best..." "We still have problems that we are trying to work through and understand".

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This means that Ferrari must remain within 42 points of Mercedes as opposed to 43 points after the Brazilian Grand Prix to remain mathematically eligible to win the constructor championship heading into the season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"For sure he won it", he said.

To do so, they simply have to ensure Ferrari do not score 12 more points than them. "He won it. Fair play and congratulations to him".

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.

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. But that didn't stop the Briton labelling the afternoon as "a terrible race", with his Mercedes struggling to P4 behind race-winner Max Verstappen and the two Ferraris.

"There's a drivers' championship, but if you go to any team they're probably going to say this is more important for them - the constructors' championship more than the drivers".

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