Lewis Hamilton can win the title at the U.S. Grand Prix

Annette Crawford
October 9, 2018

"It is expected that being humans we will make mistakes but it is how we get through them that counts".

Hamilton, who in Japan on Sunday took his ninth win this year and his sixth in seven races, will clinch the title at the US Grand Prix if he wins on 21 October and Vettel is lower than second.

Hamilton will be crowned world champion for a fifth time at the next race in the U.S. should Vettel be outscored by eight points when they cross the finish line.

Vettel was trying to recover from eighth on the grid on Sunday and had made it up to fourth when he tried to overtake Max Verstappen into Spoon. I know from the probable standpoint it doesn't look likely, but this is motor racing, it's a sport, anything could happen.

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has defended Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver's title hopes effectively ended in Japan at the weekend.

"When we were having the race like Monza, for me, I loved that race", said Hamilton in Suzuka.

"This is what we are going to do and we try to do for the future four races". Credit to them they executed well, but we need to look after ourselves and do our bit and then we see.

Ferrari misjudged the weather forecast leading to a tyre problem for Vettel and Raikkonen in Q3.

Hamilton is also in the form of his life and has to be favourite for victory again in Austin, where he has won every race bar one since the Texan track joined the calendar in 2012.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is not allowing himself to think about the celebrations if Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton win the constructors' and drivers' championship as he is wary that "freak incidents" such as DNFs and crashes could potentially turn things back Ferrari's way.

"The last weeks have been tough for us but overall we could be in a better place".

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