Lewis Hamilton has vowed to try to reach new levels in his pursuit of a fifth drivers’ title this season.
Lewis Hamilton could equal the tally of Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio and move just two behind all-time record holder Michael Schumacher if he retains his crown.
Lewis Hamilton has Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for company, with the German also sitting on four world titles and the two expected to be the main contenders as the new Formula 1 season begins in Australia this weekend.
Looking ahead to the new season Lewis Hamilton, 1/2 to win the drivers’ championship again, said he hoped he had not reached his peak yet, though he says he has no idea what being a five-time world champion would feel like.
I am going to work my hardest to see if I can excel and drive better than I ever have before.
“I have not really put much thought to it, to be honest,” Hamilton said. “I am just incredibly grateful for the four I have. I am going to work my hardest to see if I can excel and drive better than I ever have before but I have not thought about number five or what it would mean.
“I don’t think you really know until it happens. It’s like saying, what are you going to feel when you get married? I have no clue. What are you going to feel like when you have your first kid? I have no clue.
“You don’t know until you’re there. It is the same with this. But I am really grateful to be here again and fighting for it again. It’s a real privilege.”
Vettel, last crowned champion in 2014 and 5/1 for success this season, isn’t ready to start thinking about what it would mean to be on top of the tree again.
“I’m not setting these things out and planning or looking forward to what could possibly happen,” he said.
“Certainly, if it will happen it would mean a lot – and then I think you start to realise – but now I don’t see the point of thinking ‘what if’.”
Vettel is 6/1 to win this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, with Lewis Hamilton 4/6.