Lewis Hamilton isn’t adopting a “do or die” attitude for the United States Grand Prix, despite having the opportunity to wrap up his third title.
The Britain starts second for the race after team-mate Nico Rosberg beat him to pole position during a washed out qualifying session, which saw Q3 cancelled and Q2 times setting the grid.
However should Hamilton beat Rosberg by two points and Sebastian Vettel – who starts 15th – by nine, the Briton would be crowned champion on Sunday afternoon in Austin.
But Hamilton isn’t going to take unnecessary risks to beat Rosberg, particularly considering the conditions the race is likely to be run in with bad weather set to continue through Sunday.
“The race is a long battle, and it’s going to be hard out there in those conditions, and throughout the race,” he said.
“So today it’s about being sensible out there, there is no need to take any particular risks.
“There are four races [remaining] so it’s not do or die this weekend,” he added.