Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton can wrap up his fifth world title at the United States Grand Prix in two weeks time following his victory in Japan on Sunday.
The Briton has now won six of his last seven races and has opened up a 67-point lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings after the German could only finish sixth in Japan following a collision with Max Verstappen of Red Bull.
Hamilton can now wrap up his fourth world title in five years if he outscores Vettel by eight points at the United States GP later this month and the 33-year-old is hopeful of securing overall glory in Austin.
“Honestly, I’ll take it one step at a time,” Hamilton told reporters.
“I really hope that we can… Austin is usually a good track for us, so I can’t wait to unleash this beast there.”
It was certainly a great weekend for Mercedes in Japan, as Valtteri Bottas finished second to make it a one-two for the Silver Arrows for the second-successive race and a repeat of that in Austin will be enough to seal Hamilton the world title.
The Briton is certainly pleased to see his team coming together and he feels recent performances have highlighted the strength they have at their disposal.
He added: “I think the whole weekend’s been very strong from the team, it’s a great 1-2 from Mercedes, it a true showing of the great strength in depth we have as a team.”
Hamilton has won the United States Grand Prix in each of the last four years and he will be bidding for his seventh overall victory at the Circuit of the Americas on October 21.