Lewis Hamilton threatens to quit over F1 controversy

10 November, 2018, 10:15 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Ferrari trail Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport by 55 points (585 to 530) for the lead of the driver standings heading into the 71-lap race around the 15-turn, 2.677-mile (4.309-kilometer) Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

While Hamilton has won nine times, Bottas is yet to stand on the top step of the podium this year. "I think the biggest worry we had was a little screw that came loose and was rattling somewhere between my feet".

"I guess you all know what my goal will be for this weekend - but that's going to be up to me and I need to perform to be able to fight for the win". Tyres, today was still sort of OK but ours looked pretty bad. "So it's going to take everything and more [to beat them]".

Hamilton, who was gifted a win by Bottas in Russian Federation after the 29-year-old moved over at the request of his team, said he wouldn't do so because Bottas wouldn't want to win a race in such a manner, given it's not decisive for the championship.

"We got through everything we needed to", he said. "We're trying to win", he told reporters.


"It just points to the fact that there's still always lots of work to do, even at this point in the year there's still things you can learn from and improve, or methods that you can apply to next year particularly which are going to be quite important".

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 US and Mexico, Hamilton is adamant his commitment will be absolute. Verstappen had gone quickest in FP1 but finished the afternoon in fifth, losing valuable time early on when Red Bull detected an oil leak on his auto.

What time does it start? The German driver dipped two wheels onto the grass on the exit of the corner, sending his vehicle spinning off the track.

Behind sixth-placed Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean kept Haas in the "best of the rest" position at the front of the midfield pack. Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez took 10th and 11th, although 0.2s off the cars directly ahead.

Antonio Giovinazzi was fastest of the FP1 replacement drivers - 0.3s off teammate Leclerc in 13th place - while Landon Norris was 16th and 0.4s quicker than Stoffel Vandoorne during his latest McLaren appearance, although Vandoorne was the only driver to set his best time on medium tires compared to softs for Norris.

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