Hamilton heeds his father's words as title nears

Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:27pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton has his father's words in mind as he stands on the brink of a third Formula One world championship.

"I don't think about 'nearly'," the Mercedes driver told British reporters, after celebrating his ninth win of the season in Russia, when it was suggested that the job was nearly done.

"You either are or you're not. I'm not there yet. That's what my Dad would always say. You either do or you don't and I don't yet."

Hamilton is 66 points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and 73 ahead of his own team mate Nico Rosberg with four races remaining.

The points gulf make it inconceivable, even if mathematically possible, that the 30-year-old will not join the elite group of triple champions -- possibly in Texas in two weeks' time.

If Hamilton wins in Austin, and Vettel fails to take second place, he will have matched the three titles of the late Brazilian Ayrton Senna, his boyhood hero.

It should be in the bag by the time he gets to Brazil for the penultimate race of the season but Hamilton said the location was not important.

"My mind's set on crossing the line at the last race and being ahead, that's what matters to me. Whether it's before then or not is kind of irrelevant to me," said the Briton.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves on the podium after winning the Russian F1 Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia, October 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov