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Hamilton says he’s focused on winning the championship despite his constant travels

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Hamilton says he's focused on winning the championship despite his constant travels
In the picture, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton during a press conference in Singapore on September 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters.

 

In the last 10 days, driver Lewis Hamilton traveled to New York and Shanghai to launch his fashion brand, but the leader of the Formula One championship insists that his interests will not derail him in his attempt to win a fifth world title.

Hamilton took a 30 point lead over Sebastian Vettel with a win at Monza on September 2 and although some have questioned his lifestyle, the Brit said he is completely focused on the last seven races of the season.

“As soon as I finish a race, I can disconnect. I’m obviously doing other things and in the meantime, I try to adjust it with training (…) In the last week this hasn’t been easy,” Hamilton told reporters Thursday.

“But it’s not really like that every week, it’s a hectic time for me (…) I’ve traveled a lot more in these two weeks than I’ve done all this year,” said Hamilton, who added that despite his busy schedule there’s not a single moment when he’s not thinking about the championship.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, Hamilton also said he has no plans to adopt defensive tactics to maintain his championship lead on a demanding street circuit where he has won three times but traditionally favors Ferrari.

“It may be unconscious, but I haven’t really thought about it (driving defensively). At the moment there’s no reason to change,” said the 33-year-old.