Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes vehicle problems a mystery

Sainz wouldn't rule out Hamilton driving for Ferrari

Despite ruling out Red Bull's chances of victory on Thursday, Mexican Grand Prix victor Verstappen led the way on a 1m09.011s as he continued his run of impressive form having topped all three practice sessions at the last race. 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. This season is the second time the F1 calendar has been at its longest, with a total of 21 races.

Now Hamilton's fifth world title is secure, it has been suggested that he could give a victory back to Bottas if he finds himself leading his teammate on track.

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

"It's not something I've asked Valtteri, if he'd want that, but I don't think he's going to want that".

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

'The seasons are getting longer, and the off-time is getting shorter, so from a competitor's point of view the turnaround is short.

"All I can do is speak is for myself. That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time". You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is so 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.

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.

Bottas was leading September's Russian Grand Prix when he was asked by the Mercedes team to move over and gift victory to Hamilton.

Raikkonen, who famously won the drivers' title for Ferrari in Brazil in 2007, said that Hamilton deserved to win this year's crown and rejected the idea that his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel had lost it through team and individual errors.

"His motivation was to win the fifth title and now, and for next year, it is a personal feeling about what he wants". "I think the biggest worry we had was a little screw that came loose and was rattling somewhere between my feet".

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