Lewis Hamilton hopes F1 title won’t be won by collision
MEXICO CITY – Lewis Hamilton says he is determined to win this year’s title “the right way” and has ruled out any attempt to win the championship by colliding with rival Max Verstappen.
Hamilton is 12 points behind Verstappen with five races to go, meaning the championship could still go all the way to the final race in Abu Dhabi.
Earlier this week, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said he could imagine a situation where the title would be decided by one of the two drivers forcing a collision in Abu Dhabi, but Hamilton ruled out of try to win the championship this way.
“We’ve never won a championship this way, I’ve never won a championship this way and never would,” said Hamilton. “So that’s from my point of view and my point of view. I’m here to win and in the right way, and it’s because of skill, determination and hard work.”
Asked if he was concerned Verstappen could cause a collision if he led the title in the final round, Hamilton added: “You know how I won my championships in the past, I still want it. win the right way, and if you’re going to lose it, then you lose it the right way too, with dignity and knowing that you gave your all and done it the right way and worked so hard as you could.
“That’s all you can do is give your all and work as hard as you can with your team. If that doesn’t work, you live to fight another day.”
The seven-time world champion said he hopes to set a good example on and off the track in the remaining races.
“I’ve been here for a long time so this is not my first rodeo,” Hamilton said. “I think that at the heart of everything must be respect.
“When I think and hear the things that come out of the mouths of drivers, I think of the young children watching us and looking at us for inspiration and advice, so there was a lot that went on. been said that is certainly not good for young children watching. “