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

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel

But Hamilton is keen to add to his tally 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.

While Verstappen was buoyant in Mexico, his team mate Daniel Ricciardo endured a miserable time a fortnight ago, and it's already been confirmed that he will face a five-place grid penalty on Sunday after Red Bull fitted his RB14 with new power-unit elements.

The Finn, who has yet to win this year, gave up nearly certain victory to Hamilton at the Russian Grand Prix under team orders but Hamilton was insistent that Mercedes would not use them in Bottas's favour in Brazil.

"I think 18 was probably the best back in the day".

"I am someone that really loves racing, but the season is long, it takes a big commitment from all of us, and it is a long time away from our families".

"This year definitely there have been times when he has been fundamental in us winning races".

He has won nine of the 19 races so far this season while Bottas, who has obeyed team orders to help Hamilton and endured tough luck while leading, is yet to secure a win. "I want to win by doing it by myself". You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is so done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard'. "That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time".

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While the drivers' title is done and dusted, the Constructors' championship has yet to be decided, with Ferrari trailing Mercedes by 55 points before the Brazilian Grand Prix.

"Obviously along the way something went wrong and we need to learn from it... We're trying to win", he told reporters.

"For sure he won it", he said.

To do so, they simply have to ensure Ferrari do not score 12 more points than them. In the end, if you ask 10 people, they all have different views how it's been won or lost. "He won it. Fair play and congratulations to him".

"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".

Ferrari has enjoyed the upper-hand over Mercedes in recent races - outscoring its rivals by 12 points in the US and 11 points in Mexico - so it will require a better weekend at Interlagos if it is to take the battle to Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time.

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