Hamilton in relaxed form ahead of title tilt in Mexico
Lewis Hamilton says his imminent fifth world championship is only the beginning as he declared: "I've still got plenty more to do."
The 33-year-old Mercedes star will embark on his second attempt at winning the Formula One title this weekend, with a seventh-place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday enough to seal the deal.
Ferrari's under-fire Sebastian Vettel must win at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to stand any chance of stopping Hamilton from taking the spoils. And the omens are not good: the German has never finished on the podium here in three attempts.
Set to match Juan Manuel Fangio's collection of championships, only Michael Schumacher, who won the last of his seven titles, aged 35, will then stand in Hamilton's way.
Hamilton will be the same age as the German when his £40million-a-year Mercedes deal expires at the end of 2020.
He started his championship ball rolling in 2008 with McLaren, before waiting six years to claim his second after upping sticks to Mercedes. Yet his expected fifth championship, will be Hamilton's fourth in five quite remarkable seasons.
"It do feel like I have got quite a lot more to do," he said.
"The journey has been interesting, and the decisions I have taken at the different crossroads, but I am very grateful for the route I am on, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position that I am in."
Hamilton's coming together with Vettel at this venue last year may still be in the back of his mind - but the weight of history does not appear to be a factor in his thoughts.
"This isn't my first rodeo," Hamilton, who won last year's title in Mexico, added with a smile. "Being that I am older, I have got the experience and I know what I need to do to get into shape."