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Mercedes still worried a ‘freak incident’ could derail Lewis Hamilton’s fifth title

Mercedes group boss Toto Wolff says he isn’t taking something as a right as Lewis Hamilton closes in on a fifth world title.

Hamilton can safe the championship on the subsequent spherical in Austin if he outscores Sebastian Vettel by eight factors. Mercedes has secured one-two victories on the final two rounds and a third in the united statesA. led by Hamilton could be sufficient to make sure he wins the championship no matter Vettel’s outcomes.

But Wolff is cautious of celebrating too quickly and is worried that a minor harm or technical challenge could still change the course of the championship.

“Freak incidents happen everywhere,” he stated. “A DNF and the resultant dangerous outcome out of the blue wipes off a massive chunk of your factors. I do know from the general public standpoint it would not look possible, however that is motor racing, it is a sport, something could occur.

“I do not wish to even take into consideration him breaking a finger. Anything can occur in motor racing.

“I don’t want to dwell to much about it, because this is bad karma too, so let’s just get it done — let’s go to Austin, let’s have a strong race weekend and then hopefully see the championship.”

Hamilton’s lead within the championship has accelerated with 4 consectutive victories on the final 4 races, however Wolff insists his group haven’t been focussing on the hole to Ferrari within the standings.

“I feel what we’re attempting to do is actually to have a look at ourselves. They had a very sturdy weekend in Spa-Francorchamps [the last race Vettel won], and we did not carry out as per the expectations that now we have now.

“Since then now we have continued to essentially attempt to optimise our bundle and do the absolute best job on the automobile and within the automobile with the drivers, and that has confirmed as the fitting tactic.

“Somehow none of us are looking at where Ferrari is or how the championship goes; it’s just aligning those weekends that eventually hopefully will lead to a situation where we say we have won it.”

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