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

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

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, where Mercedes hope to clinch a fifth consecutive constructors' title, the new five-time champion added that Bottas had been fundamental to his successes. The sport's owner Liberty Media has expressed a desire to expand it further and the Dutch media have reported that a race at Zandvoort is increasingly likely. The newly crowned world champion, who took his fifth title at the last round in Mexico, also said he had no plans to concede a victory to his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

However Hamilton said: 'I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that's for sure.

With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points.

As it stands, barring any late surprises, 2019 will mark the third season in which the F1 calendar has comprised 21 races, the most in the sport's 69-year history.

"It already feels like are on race 25 this year, so I don't think that's a good thing".

"I'm someone who really loves racing but the season is long".

"The seasons are getting longer, and the off-time is getting shorter, so from a competitor's point of view the turnaround is short". You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is so done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard'.

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"Getting your mind turned".

Hamilton, 33, is keen to add to his tally this weekend of just one victory at the Interlagos circuit and suggested he will not step aside for Bottas, despite the Finn giving up his victory for the Briton at September's Russian Grand Prix.

"There's a drivers' championship, but if you go to any team they're probably going to say this is more important for them - the constructors' championship more than the drivers".

If one driver wins and the other finishes in the top seven, Mercedes will triumph again, but if the scarlet scuderia can continue recent form they have a chance to keep the championship alive into the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"It's not something I've asked Valtteri if he wants but I don't think he's going to want that". "I don't think he needs that, and he can do it himself. You all know what my goal will be for this weekend, so it's going to be up to me and I need to perform at my best level to fight for the win".

"I definitely wouldn't want to win by being given [it]", he said.

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