Lewis Hamilton said he has “walked the track alone” in his pursuit of three Formula One titles since joining Mercedes. The 33-year-old Briton took his third victory of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, though Mercedes were held off by Ferrari to ensure the team failed to match rivals’ feat of an one-two finish.
Hamilton, winner of last year’s title by finishing second to Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, insisted he did not feel his achievement had been underwritten by the team’s success, the BBC reported.
“There are so many great teams in F1, it would be wrong to think that I’m only doing this for Mercedes,” Hamilton said. “So many different people have helped get me to this place so many times.”
Hamilton added he wanted to “stay hungry and keep giving everything I’ve got. I don’t want to get complacent. I still have seven seasons to be in F1 and this is a really amazing place to be.”
Hamilton has won 53 of 75 races in his career, including five F1 titles to surpass Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio’s run of four in the 1950s. His strategy at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit proved decisive in his pursuit of a third title. Starting from ninth, he eventually overtook Vettel, while Valtteri Bottas finished third, completing a one-two for Mercedes to confirm its dominance for the season.
The race, contested amid hazy, dry weather, started with Vettel in second place behind Hamilton and a Ferrari lead. Michael Schumacher, the seven-time F1 champion and Mercedes founder, remains the only man to have won three titles in a row.
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