Hamilton threatens to quit if F1 continues to expand

Michael Schumacher Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel Fernando Alonso

The number of rounds stands at 21, while next year's calendar, despite possessing the same number of races, is set to run into December for the first time in more than half-a-century.

'I am someone that really loves racing, but the season is long, it takes a big commitment from all of us, and it is a long time away from our families. "I think 18 was probably the best back in the day", he added.

Governing body the FIA says a series of measures have been taken to ensure F1 personnel are at reduced risk leaving the circuit, a time at which incidents have become increasingly common in recent years.

"You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard".

But Hamilton, who this weekend begins his title victory parade in Brazil and is, quite comfortably, F1's most marketable star, said: "I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that's for sure".

Bottas confirmed he had no desire to win a race through team orders.

Both know, too, that rival Ferrari, whose record of six teams' titles from 1999 to 2004 may be under threat, enjoyed a resurgence in Texas and Mexico that saw the team out-perform Mercedes, restricting its advantage to 55 points with two races remaining.

He added that it was more important for the team to succeed in the constructors' championship.

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"We still have a job to do on this weekend, to win the constructors title, so the focus remains absolutely the same. There's a lot of work to do, even at this point of the year".

"I don't think he is going to want that, he is going to win one on his own, in his own way", added the 33-year-old, who clinched the drivers' title with two races to spare in Mexico last month.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said: "We try everything we can". "Obviously along the way something went wrong and we need to learn from it..."

Hamilton wore a green and navy Kith hooded top and tracksuit bottoms, along with a denim jacket, topped with a Mercedes-brand cap, to keep on message with his F1 team.

"One of the most hard moments of the year was in Russian Federation for me", he had said in Mexico City, referring to a race in which Bottas was asked to move aside to let him win.

"I definitely wouldn't want to win by being given [it]", he said. I think he can do it himself.

After Hamilton lost out to a Ferrari and a Red Bull in America, Mercedes suffered what their technical director James Allison described as "quite a whipping" in Mexico, when their lead driver was flattered to have finished in fourth. "There are times where I've figured something out in my set-up and I'll tell him and there are times that I can talk to him".

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