Hamilton wants to wrap it up in Mexico

The problem Ferrari and Vettel cannot ignore

So does Ferrari, whether it's Vettel or Kimi Raikkonen, the 39-year-old who grabbed his first win in five seasons last week at the U.S. Grand Prix.

That's because Lewis Hamilton needs only to steer his Mercedes to seventh place or better to secure the title with two races to spare, no matter where his rival finishes.

Hamilton's extra-curricular activities away from the track are well known - only on Wednesday was he busy promoting his Tommy Hilfiger fashion collection in Mexico City - but the Briton insists his desire to race in Formula 1 remains greater than ever.

The record books will not care.

He started his championship ball rolling in 2008 with McLaren, before waiting six years to claim his second after upping sticks to Mercedes.

"I think performance-wise every race this season I've been able to perform better than previous year and that's what I try to continue to keep doing with this team all the time, learning".

"I do feel like I have got quite a lot more to do", he said.

"So if I were to win the title, I think it would definitely be one that I would be probably most proud of and be able to appreciate most". So good was Vettel, he raced Mark Webber clean out of the sport, and this a rugged Aussie from Queanbeyan who showed little sympathy for lesser team-mates under the Jaguar Racing banner, reminding a succession of young pups that Formula One was not an apprenticeship.

Sat between that pair is Max Verstappen (5/1 - 6.00) after the Dutchman won here past year - arguably securing Red Bull's most dominant win of the V6 hybrid era to date - while Daniel Ricciardo (10/1 - 11.00) and Valtteri Bottas (16/1 - 17.00) offer a bit of value if you fancy their respective luckless runs to end.

The 800-yard charge to the opening corner is the longest of the season before the drivers slam on the anchors from 220mph and attempt to navigate the first three corners without collision.

The eight-race period since then has featured several high-profile errors, including a first-lap spin from contact with Hamilton in Italy. He won title races from behind, he led them from the front.

"I think Sebastian is a fantastic driver" said Perez. The weight of history does not appear to be playing on his mind. "Being that I am older, I have got the experience and I know what I need to do to get into shape". It is not like I had gone in too fast or would have spun on my own at that speed, not at all, so I guess there must be some sort of hole or something being on the inside of a auto in that position.

"I had my time with Ferrari, I won the championship with them".

Vettel is set to return to Ferrari in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons, while Raikkonen is in his eighth, fifth consecutive and likely final season driving for the team, as he is set to drive for Sauber on a two-year contract beginning next year.

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