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Hamilton wary of conservative approach as title looms

Hamilton wary of conservative approach as title looms

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518950

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Lewis Hamilton believes it would be detrimental if he changes his approach to this weekend's United States Grand Prix despite the drivers' championship being within reach.

The Briton took the championship lead for the first time this season at the Italian Grand Prix, and a run of four wins in the past five races – coupled with two retirements for Sebastian Vettel – have allowed him to open up a 59 point advantage. Hamilton can theoretically wrap up the championship in Austin, but is guaranteed the title if he finishes in the top four in each of the remaining four races.

Despite such a comfortable lead, Hamilton says recent results have shown he is already taking the right approach to the title run-in, and he is wary being more conservative could cause problems.

"To be honest, there's not really any need for me to change the approach," Hamilton said. "The points are still what you go out there to achieve, but also you try and look after your car. I just don't think there's any need to make any changes. I'm not really particularly taking crazy risks in order to be in the position I'm in.

"I think we're just going to try and continue to do what we're doing. Of course, we want to try and look after the car and the engine, but I'm already doing that throughout the races so there's not really much more I can do. And I think if sometimes you come off the gas a little bit, you actually cause yourself more trouble than you need."

Hamilton attributes his current situation to Mercedes' reliability record compared to Ferrari, with Vettel losing points in the championship race in both Malaysia and Japan due to issues.

"I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap," he said. "Ferrari have put on such a great challenge all year long. All I can really say is that I have to put it down to my team. They've done a phenomenal job, reliability has really been on point. They are just so meticulous and that's really why we have the reliability we have and the results we have been having."



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Former Ferrari F1 engine guru joins Red Bull sponsor Aston Martin

Former Ferrari F1 engine guru joins Red Bull sponsor Aston Martin

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518735
RB14 design brought forward to avoid slow 2018 start

RB14 design brought forward to avoid slow 2018 start

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518736
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Daniel Ricciardo revealed that Red Bull brought forward the design process of its 2018 contender in a bid to avoid a slow start next season. The Aussie underlined the Milton Keynes-based bad habit of kicking off its F1 campaign in a slow mode... More »


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F1 commercial boss Bratches explains pre-race shake-up

F1 commercial boss Bratches explains pre-race shake-up

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518373
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Formula 1’s managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches says he wants to make ‘the start of the race more of a spectacle’ which is the reason behind Liberty Media’s move to change the pre-race events to add excitement ahead of... More »


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Olsbergs still keen to give Button his rallycross début

Olsbergs still keen to give Button his rallycross début

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518374
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Olsbergs MSE boss Andreas Eriksson isn't ruling out running Jenson Button in future Red Bull Global rallycross events, despite the 2009 Formula 1 champion failing to make his début this year. The former McLaren, Honda, and Brawn driver was... More »


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Force India excited by Ocon's potential

Force India excited by Ocon's potential

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518508

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Esteban Ocon's potential for improvement over the next two years outweighs the frustration of knowing Mercedes will control his future, according to Force India's Otmar Szafnauer.

The Frenchman has impressed during his first full season in Formula 1, finishing every race so far in 2017 and only failing to score points in Monaco. Ocon's record follows nine consecutive finishes for Manor last year, with his last single-seater retirement coming during his title-winning F3 season in 2014.

"[That run] is amazing to me," Force India's chief operating officer Szafnauer says. "He's smart, he finishes, scores good points, he's young and still learning a lot. This was our hope, that he would be this good. And maybe it was our expectation otherwise we wouldn't have hired him, but I believe he has exceeded our expectations."

And Szafnauer says Force India is eager to see just how much more Ocon will progress during his time with the team, having joined on a multi-year deal this season.

"The really, really difficult thing is to predict a future learning curve," he said. "That's hard to predict, but what you can say is that he's improved a lot this year already and he's still really young and inexperienced. Checo has got 130 race starts under his belt and Esteban has got 25. So I still think he's learning.

"You plateau. I don't know how steep the learning curve will be and where the plateau is, however I don't think he's at his plateau, so he will get better next year. How quickly and how much more is hard to know."

With Ocon a Mercedes young driver, Szafnauer admits there is some frustration that Force India will inevitably lose control of the 21-year-old's future.

"Mercedes won't control where he goes next year or the year after, but beyond that. It's a bit frustrating, you would like to be in control of your own destiny but when needs must with other relationships and other financial dealings, that's what you have to do.

"I think we're a good team with nurturing young talent and if we can do that with Esteban then I think there will be others coming up of equal potential and maybe we'll nurture them."



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Tech Bite: Force India's two-element monkey seat

Tech Bite: Force India's two-element monkey seat

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518109
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It’s easy to forget that Force India started off the 2017 season on the back foot. The car was considerably overweight and generally outclassed in a tight midfield battle. However both drivers kept their noses clean and the team managed to... More »


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Threat to end motorsport in the EU

Threat to end motorsport in the EU

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518110
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A ruling by the European Court could mean the end of all motorsport in Europe. As alarmist and clickbaitable as that might sound, many within motorsport are seriously concerned that unless those in the industry act - and act soon - all motorsport... More »


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Di Resta keeping an eye on Formula E... just in case

Di Resta keeping an eye on Formula E... just in case

19/10/2017, International, Motorsport - Road Racing, Formula 1, Article # 24518112
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Paul di Resta is in contention for a seat at Williams for 2018, but the Scot is also keeping an eye on Formula E's development. Di Resta is hopeful of rejoining the F1 fray next season on a full-time basis after dropping off the grid at the end of... More »


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