Hamilton just wants to have fun now

Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:00am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton will be in it to win it this weekend as Mexico makes its return to the Formula One calendar after a 23-year absence.

With his third world championship secured in Texas last weekend, along with his 10th victory of the season, the Mercedes driver says he intends to continue flat out for as long as he can.

"I'm here to have some fun this weekend," the Briton told Reuters in an interview on his first day in Mexico. "I've been having fun all year and it's going to be a little more of a relaxed weekend but this is the first Mexican Grand Prix for 23 years so I want to win it.

"A driver always wants to put their stamp on the first race in that territory so that's my goal."

Hamilton said he had felt drained over the last few days as a result of all the stress and pressure, even if he had maintained a calm facade in Austin, but all that had now dissipated.

"I'm going to get in the car and have lots of fun these next races, no stress," repeated the first Briton to win successive championships.

He had a taste of that on Wednesday when he attended an event organized by team sponsor Puma and stepped into the ring against masked wrestlers before being presented with an ornamental skull.

Mexico is celebrating its annual 'Dia de Muertos' (Day of the Dead) holiday this weekend, and decorative skeletons and skulls abound.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain holds up at a traditional Day of the Dead Mexican skull at the Coliseo Arena during a promotional event in Mexico City, Mexico October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero