Lewis Hamilton says he will not allow the members of his team to talk about a sixth world championship and will approach the new season like he is hunting for his first championship.
The reigning world champion made history last year by winning his fifth world title, moving up on equal footing with Juan Manuel Fangio and having only Michael Schumacher left to beat with 7 titles.
In spite of the fact that he has managed to win 4 out of the past 5 F1 drivers championships, Hamilton has dismissed any sort of conversation about a sixth world title at the beginning of this season, and wants his support team and Mercedes itself to remain humble.
“For me, it is not something I will let the team talk about. That’s not what we’re here for, that number. It’s something I have never done before.
“We are constantly motivated to do something new, to break boundaries and do stuff that no-one has done before.
“But we are fully aware of the work that it will take to deliver something like that, and by no means are we like ‘yeah, were going for. the sixth’, like it’s a relaxed thing. It’s nothing like that. I’m not focusing on that.
“It’s a new season, a new year, a new chapter, and we have to approach it like it’s our first and we’re going for number one,” he said. “That’s how I approach it.
“I love that challenge of each year, coming back in, it’s a new challenge, a new car. It’s like meeting something new.
“You don’t know what he or she is going to be like, you don’t know the good and the bad. The journey that you go on with that partnership with that car, which only a a few of us can take to the limit, is a really privileged position.
“I love getting back in and giving it another shot. Also you put the title out there for anyone else to take. I love that fight.”
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