Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Lewis Hamilton hints at Formula One exit if calendar expands further

Lewis Hamilton hints at Formula One exit if calendar expands further

Vettel qualified second, just 0.093 seconds adrift of Hamilton, and late on Saturday evening avoided a penalty for the race despite bizarrely losing his cool when he was called to the weighbridge in his Ferrari.

"I was making sure I had the gap but then all of a sudden I saw a auto coming at high speed and was like 'oh my God, is that someone coming on a lap?' So I went left, but he was going left".

Both incidents occurred during a second qualifying session full of controversy, though only Vettel has since learnt his fate.

An increasingly edgy Hamilton managed to cut up Sergey Sirotkin and Raikkonen on the same lap, which was interesting - and may result in a penalty after the incidents have been assessed.

Lewis Hamilton has said it is "likely" he won't continue in the sport if it expands to 25 races and would prefer it to be shorter than it presently is.

Anyone starting on the super-soft tyre like Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas can expect that compound to last until lap 25-30 - a second stint on the medium tyre is also recommended by Pirelli in this instance due to the low degradation levels of the white-striped tyre. Well, he already knew he'd have a five-place grid penalty after a marshal sprayed a fire extinguisher at his exhaust back in Mexico - damaging his turbocharger and forcing another change of technology in his vehicle.

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Upfront, Luis Suarez is another player who has stepped up in Messi's absence, and should be focal point of the Barcelona attack. Substitute Dembele got Barca out of trouble with a perfectly struck half-volley in the 87th minute after a knockdown by Pique.

Ericsson has been dropped by Sauber for next season and is to race in Indycars in the United States, although he will remain the team's reserve driver.

While the Mercs and Verstappen will have something of a grip advantage off the line, Ferrari's power up the hill in sector three at Interlagos has been mighty - both Haas and Sauber will start with both cars in the top 10 - so an ability to go longer in the opening stint could play nicely into Vettel and Raikkonen's hands.

Alonso is retiring at the end of the season and it is with a whimper that his own career is fizzling out. "And in Abu Dhabi it will be my last race, we will put in a lot of emotions and a lot of effort and we will be out in Q1 because there are no miracles from one race to another".

But the newly-crowned five-times world champion said the season was already too long and there was not enough time between seasons to be able to recover. Obviously Ferrari are incredibly quick this weekend. "I think if you look generally at what I am doing on track, there are not many other drivers who pay so much respect, especially to the leading cars that I know are fighting for the title".

"I think we have a good vehicle and in qualifying to be half a second off pole around here, where from memory we haven't been that close in the past, is positive", Ricciardo told redbullracing.redbull.com.

Lewis Hamilton clenches his fist after taking pole at Interlagos.

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