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Texas offers Hamilton his first shot at fifth title

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'I know what I'm going to do,' says Hamilton
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Texas offers Hamilton his first shot at fifth title

VIDEO SHOWS: INTERVIEW WITH FOUR-TIME FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPION LEWIS HAMILTON AND TEAM PRINCIPAL & CEO OF MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS MOTORSPORT TOTO WOLFF AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF HAMILTON SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 17, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1.

PHOTOGRAPH OF LEWIS HAMILTON STANDING OUTSIDE THE NASDAQ 2.

PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON TAKING SELFIE OUTSIDE NASDAQ NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 17, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEWIS HAMILTON, FOUR-TIME FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPION, SAYING: "Exactly the same as I have every single race, so up until the point of the year.

So naturally I do have a bit of a margin to the guy that I'm competing with.

There's still 100 points available, so the approach that I've had up until now has worked very well.

So we naturally want to win this weekend.

So diligence and going through the same steps in terms of getting the car to where it needs to be through the weekend, I feel naturally relaxed and I know what I'm going to do.

But I think Toto's is a little bit less relaxed in that respect.

But that's his job to be slightly more on edge.

My job is to be quite calm and collected and in order to deliver in the car." SUZUKA, JAPAN (RECENT - OCTOBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 4.

PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON DURING RACE NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 17, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEWIS HAMILTON, FOUR-TIME FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPION, SAYING: "This year has been the most intensive, the cars the faster, the requirement on the driver's side physically and mentally is on another level.

We've been much... we've been fighting another team who have had the upper hand for a long part of the season.

So collectively as a team we've had to go above and beyond to deliver more than them." SOCHI, RUSSIA (FILE - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 6.

PHOTOGRAPH OF HAMILTON IN THE PIT LANE STORY: It will be high fives for Lewis Hamilton in Austin on Sunday (October 21) if a fifth win in a row brings the Briton a fifth Formula One world title.

The Mercedes driver is on the brink of joining the late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio as a quintuple champion, with only seven times titleholder Michael Schumacher ahead of them in the all-time lists.

Hamilton is 67 points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel with three races - and a maximum 75 points - remaining after Texas.

That means the title will be Hamilton's if he scores eight points more than the German, something the Briton has done for the past four races and a total of eight times in the 17 grands prix so far.

On paper, with Hamilton and Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas one-two in the last two races and the champion triumphant in five of the past six races at the Circuit of the Americas - including the last four - the title is there for the taking.

Hamilton has won five races in a row before, in 2014 when the sequence involved the same five as this time, and is in the form of his life with nine wins so far this season.

He has been busy with media activities in New York this week but his focus on the main task ahead remains laser sharp.

"We naturally want to win this weekend.

So diligence and going through the same steps in terms of getting the car to where it needs to be through the weekend, I feel naturally relaxed and I know what I'm going to do," said Hamilton during a business event at the Nasdaq MarketSite.




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