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Lewis Hamilton has no intention of finishing up with a high five in Mexico | Giles Richards

Lewis Hamilton is full of confidence as he goes into the Mexican weekend which may well realise his fifth world title and which he admits would be one he appreciates the most

Ten years since he won his first Formula One world championship, Lewis Hamilton is almost certainly but days from a fifth. He goes into Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix as already the most successful British driver and will likely emerge from the grand, noisy, colourful maelstrom of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez behind only Michael Schumacher in the record books and level with Juan Manuel Fangio. The Mercedes man is taking nothing for granted but ominously for his competitors he suggested in Mexico he now has his sights set on greater glories.

Hamilton has to finish only seventh to secure his fifth title, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel must win just to stay in the game. Hamilton was the champion elect at the previous grand prix in the US but a combination of car problems and strategy calls denied him a coronation. Nothing short of a DNF is likely to do so on Sunday and if he does close it out he will have equalled Fangio and stand only two behind Schumacher.

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