1000 makes no difference to lewis hamilton

07:30    12 Apr 2019

Lewis Hamilton
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton says he will not get caught up in the excitement of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix being the 1000th Formula 1 race.

The Shanghai International Circuit will celebrate the milestone for the sport in grand style ahead of Sunday’s race, but Hamilton, who will start the 232nd race of his career, said: "I'm not one for birthdays, anniversaries, and special days.

"It's no different to any race weekend for me. I'm here to do one job, and one job only, and that's to win.

"It doesn't matter if it's the 1,000th, the 2,000th or the 10,000th Grand Prix. It is an irrelevant figure for me."

Hamilton says he and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas expect another stern test from Ferrari after the Italian team dominated in Bahrain.

Hamilton only claimed victory at the last round after Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari suffered a technical issue in the dying laps of the race. The youngster has emerged as a serious championship contender after upstaging teammate Sebastian Vettel at the last round.

Hamilton later pointed towards Vettel's career resume which boasts 52 wins and four championships in support of the under-fire German.

"Maybe he's the only one that doesn't lack a short-term memory," said Vettel. "We have been around a long time and as much as I want to beat Lewis, he wants to beat me, too. But sometimes you never know what is going on with other drivers at other teams.

"Sometimes things might not go your way, but I also know and understand that nowadays people's judgement doesn't go beyond a week. It's part of life."
 

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