Lewis Hamilton unimpressed by plans to add more races to F1 calendar

Someone Already Made a Virtual Copy of Vietnam's F1 Circuit on Assetto Corsa

Someone Already Made a Virtual Copy of Vietnam's F1 Circuit on Assetto Corsa

"I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that's for sure".

Hamilton was speaking after Formula One announced on Wednesday it was adding Vietnam to the calendar.

'I am someone that really loves racing, but the season is long, it takes a big commitment from all of us, and it is a long time away from our families. "It's not something I've asked Valtteri if he wants, but I don't think he's going to want that". Hamilton clinched a fifth drivers' title at the last race in Mexico.

"The seasons are getting longer, and the off-time is getting shorter, so from a competitor's point of view the turnaround is short". "I want to win by doing it by myself". Getting your mind turned.

Hamilton won a wet and chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix two years ago - his only win to date at this iconic track - and rain is predicted again this weekend, which may well boost his chances of success. "That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time".

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.

"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".

Despite ruling out Red Bull's chances of victory on Thursday, Mexican Grand Prix victor Verstappen led the way on a 1m09.011s as he continued his run of impressive form having topped all three practice sessions at the last race.

"The team are not going to make that call", he said. That said, when you've won five world drivers' championships, you probably have carte blanche to dress as you like.

Further down in the constructors' championship, Sauber sits just three points ahead of Toro Rosso, and with your position in the championship linked to how much prize money you receive at the end of the year, it's a crucial battle for both teams.

But mindful of Mercedes' determination to finish the season as constructors' champions, and aware that Ferrari closed the gap to the Silver Arrows in both United States of America and Mexico, Hamilton is adamant his commitment will be absolute.

"The last two races have been pretty shocking compared to our normal standings", Hamilton acknowledged.

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