Hamilton keen to maintain pressure

11 November 2017 01:50:43 GMTPlus11

Lewis Hamilton says he is determined to keep pushing until the end of the season despite already sealing the Drivers' Championship.

The Brit wrapped-up his fourth world title last time out in Mexico and can now afford to enjoy the final two meetings of the year in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

A run of five wins in seven races has been the key to his success but Hamilton has previously lost momentum in the closing weeks of the campaign.

I'm planning to just keep the pressure up exactly the same.

Lewis Hamilton

2015 is the most obvious example as after sealing his third title in the US, he saw Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg take the chequered flag in the final three races.

Hamilton is currently at Interlagos working on his plans for the Brazilian GP, a race he won 12 months ago for the first time in his career.

The 32-year-old insists his determination remains as high as ever ahead of this weekend's race and has warned his rivals to expect exactly the same intensity as in previous meetings.

"Two years ago definitely looking back you could say the focus was not the same as it had been during the season," Hamilton admitted.

"I genuinely don't like to look back, or I genuinely don't like to live with regret, so it is what it is. But I don't want to be in that position again.

"I'm planning to just keep the pressure up exactly the same as it's been all year. I've still got two races to go, and it feels abnormal to back off at this point."

Hamilton is 1.44 to qualify on pole in Sao Paulo and 15.00 to win Sunday's race outright.

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