says he has no intentions to take it easy during the final two rounds of F1 2017 after clinching the title in Mexico while the Paradise Papers leak continues to brew.
Lewis Hamilton says he has no intentions to take it easy during the final two rounds of the 2017 Formula 1 world championship after clinching the title in Mexico while the Paradise Papers leak continues to brew.
Hamilton has come under fire from allegations of tax avoidance after reports emergence of a £3.3million refund on his private jet by importing it at the Isle of Man.
While the newly-crowned four-time F1 world champion remained tight-lipped amid the allegations he says he remains fully focused on the Brazilian Grand Prix, regardless of also clinching the title two weeks ago in Mexico.
After enjoying a family holiday and trip to Machu Picchu in between the Mexican and Brazilian races, Hamilton wants to maintain his momentum from the title victory into the final two races of the year.
“My focus has been on a good 10 days with my friends and family,” Hamilton said. “We planned this holiday together with all my family, about 30 of us, and I could not have planned it better.
“I didn’t plan it months ago thinking I would have won the championship by then, so I’ve come back with a huge amount of positivity from that week. I’ve of course heard about everything and my team released a statement and I don’t have anything else to add to that.”
Hamilton is also eager to “apply even more pressure” to his F1 rivals in the final two races with a split strategy of hunting 2017 wins while also using the Brazil and Abu Dhabi rounds as early preparations for a 2018 world title defence.
“I’ve still got the two races and I guess the reason for me is that it’s [F1 world title] not really sunk in because I’ve tried to stay in the zone,” he said. “I’m still in the same mental frame of mind with two races to go and it feels abnormal to back off now.
“It seems like a better time than ever to apply even more pressure just because I can. There are two more wins available.”
Hamilton claimed his first Brazilian GP win 12 months ago in Interlagos while he returns to the circuit he sealed his maiden F1 world title in 2008.