Lewis Hamilton hails Formula One ‘Godfather’ Juan Manuel Fangio

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2018

Schumacher won his first single-seater championship last weekend after taking the Formula 3 title with one race remaining at Hockenheim.

Hamilton needs to outscore Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by only eight points in Austin, Texas to clinch his fifth world drivers' championship with three rounds to spare. The Briton has won six of the last seven races, and is chasing a fifth in a row.

With the World Championship nearly in sight, Hamilton added that he is not feeling any added pressure and is "naturally relaxed" heading into the United States Grand Prix weekend. It's pretty obvious. You just have to look at the points.

Hamilton now sits 67 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the driver standings, having won six of the previous seven Grands Prix. When the auto was dominating and delivering he won the championships and when it was not god enough he still put in some performances to show his talent. Hamilton went on to win. "Now Lewis winning five titles and matching Fangio is a great achievement and, if one driver had to do that from our generation, then I am happy it is Lewis because he has shown the talent and the commitment".

"I don't really have a massive explanation for it", said Hamilton.

"It is insane to think that I'm embarking on a similar number of championships that he had".

Yet with so much riding on the weekend, Hamilton said now is not the time to make changes to his approach. "We are quite some points behind, we focus on winning and then we see what the others are doing, so it's quite straightforward to be honest", he said.

Hamilton, who remains the only black driver to have competed in Formula One, added: "I don't know if the 50s were particularly a good time, and it wasn't a great time for black people either because we probably wouldn't have been racing, but I am grateful to be in this era".

"I know what it takes, I know what to do, but for sure we know we need to take probably here or there a bit more risk because we are not in the position to manage the gap in the championship, because we don't have a gap".

Vettel said the previous race in Japan had helped Ferrari understand more about their vehicle and hoped Austin could see a return to form.

"Generally I always try to win so I think you have to be aggressive to win".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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