Vehicle has improved from Mexico - Lewis Hamilton on Mercedes changes for Brazil

Lewis Hamilton: Valtteri Bottas won't want a gifted Formula 1 win

This season has 21 races, as does 2019, but Formula One has also been talking to Miami for a USA street race and Zandvoort in the Netherlands about a return to the coastal circuit last visited in 1985. Next year's calendar, with 21 races races, is set to run into December for the first time in more than half-a-century.

Liberty Media, an American enterprise which now owns Formula One, has signalled plans to expand the brand by adding multiple new races to the already congested schedule.

"Vettel and Ferrari lost an opportunity this year, but I think Sebastian is more guilty than the team", said the Brazilian, speaking on Globo's Bem, Amigos!

But Hamilton, who this weekend begins his title victory parade in Brazil and is, quite comfortably, F1's most marketable star, said: "I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that's for sure". It's a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time away from families, and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter. "I haven't asked Valtteri, but I don't think he will want that". "I want to win".

He said, however, that it was still tough to find time to switch off and recover.

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.

"You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard".

Both know, too, that rivals Ferrari, whose record of six teams' titles from 1999 to 2004 may be under threat, enjoyed a resurgence in Texas and Mexico that saw them out-perform Mercedes, restricting their advantage to 55 points with two races remaining. The team will be focused on maximising their points but Hamilton dismissed suggestions he would gift Bottas a victory at Interlagos.

"The team are not going to make that call", Hamilton added.

"His motivation was to win the fifth title and now, and for next year, it is a personal feeling about what he wants".

"I went to the factory and had a meeting about it - it's been really interesting to see how we've been able to track those issues".

"So I don't think I'll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that - I think he thinks he can do it himself". But second practice, we really improved the auto and I think we found a rhythm.



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