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Hamilton fires warning ahead of Brazilian GP

Lewis Hamilton insists he will not take his foot off the gas after winning the 2017 Formula One title.

The Mercedes driver wrapped up the fourth World Drivers’ Championship of his career at the Mexican Grand Prix two weeks ago.

And he can extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel at the top of the standings at the forthcoming Brazilian and Abu Dhabi races.

Hamilton could of course opt to take it easy at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace and Yas Marina Circuit as the season draws to a close.

He’s warned his F1 rivals that he’s in no mood to wind down though, despite his unassailable advantage.

“The championship is done, but there are still two races to go and it is important to win those two races to solidify what I have worked on this year,” Hamilton explained.

“If I was to sit back, relax and let someone else take the glory – sure it would be nice for them – but that is not what I am about.

“So, this weekend I am still faced with the same challenges. It is going to be close, but my goal remains the same. I want to continue to raise the bar.”

Hamilton is now level with Vettel and Alain Prost on four F1 titles.

Next year he can draw level with Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio on five.

Michael Schumacher holds the record though, having topped the standings seven times in his career. (Courtesy express.co.uk)

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