Lewis Hamilton says he is still using ‘the chaser’ mindset as he aims to clinch a fourth Formula 1 world championship and won’t revert to Nico Rosberg’s tactics of finishing directly behind his title rival to keep hold of his points lead in the remaining races.

The Mercedes driver extended his F1 world championship advantage to 34 points over Sebastian Vettel at the Malaysia Grand Prix by finishing second with Vettel in fourth which means mathematically he can take the title without beating his Ferrari rival on track if Vettel fails to win all five remaining races.

Hamilton has refuted the idea and says he will target race wins for the rest of the campaign as he wants to keep the mentality that he is hunting a world title rather than defending a lead.

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After Rosberg won the Japanese GP 12 months ago he was able to finish second to Hamilton in the resulting four races to clinch a maiden world championship by five points. Hamilton, who has defended his former team-mate explaining the German driver wasn’t playing safe, says it won’t cross his mind to finish second to Vettel to seal the title.

“I just want to win every weekend. Somebody mentioned about Nico only wanting to finish second [at the final races of last year] because I really got the car in a position,” Hamilton said. “He was qualifying to get pole, he wasn’t qualifying to get second position. But people looked upon it as if he drove to finish second, but he couldn’t get by because I was gone.

“For me, the goal is to continue to win races even if I don’t have to win another grand prix through the rest of the year. That’s the best way because I am still hunting it, I am not defending it.

“I’m still hunting and chasing that championship and until that last flag and I’ve actually got it sewn up then that’s what you’ve got keep doing. Push as much and push forward.”

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“I’m still hunting and chasing that championship and until that last flag and I’ve actually got it sewn up then that’s what you’ve got keep doing. Push as much and push forward.”

Hunting and chasing...exactly what Lewis did at Abu Dhabi 2016...oh no wait...that was the Hamilton tactic...going as slow as possible...

so the only way he could win the title in 2016 was to slow the race down in the hope that another driver would get between him and Rosberg - seems like a reasonable thing to do to me! Not sure what this has to do with the article - Hamilton says he wants to keep winning races (as he did in Dubai!)

If Vettel wins the remaining races with Hamilton finishing second, Vettel will win the championship by one (1!) point.  Or have I completely misunderstood the scoring system?? The article says Hamilton will win it.

Thay would require Vettel to win every race, which is what the article says

Blah blah blah. Damn, this guy is a pain in the neck. He still hasn't got over the fact he got beaten by his own teammate last year. Only two drivers were in it and he lost. What a loser.

It amuses me how people always have negative things to say about Hamilton. Even he ends up becoming the most successful driver in F1 history, people will still nitpick his success. Rosberg only won the championship last year cause  he was lucky and then retired right after cause he knew he is not  able to beat Hamilton fair and square. All the folks who always criticize him sound as ignorant as trump supporters in America. He puts his life at risk every time he is in that car for your entertainment. What the heck have y'all done???  He's there winning and making millions while y'all are getting fat on your comfortable couches. Roll on LH44, keep doing you while the haters keep hating.

 

I also have no idea why Lewis is so vilified as to me he is a brilliant driver and deserves everything he achieves! I suspect it is down to plain old jealousy! After all, Lewis has it all hasn't he, looks, money, jet setting lifestyle, beautiful women to choose from - what a life eh! 

I also don't think he has sleepless nights worried about a few ignorant people who have just jumped on the hate bandwagon! Success for some brings out the worst in others!

There is no doubt that Lewis is a great driver but sportsman he is not. The reason that he is so disliked by some including me is that he continually plays mind games and doesn't keep quiet unless he has something useful or interesting to say

Honestly lewis didn't show anything interesting this year... He is either ahead of everyone or sitting and waiting for mistakes or pitstops

chasing?  just playing it safe even with a dominant car

He used to be more fun to watch

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