Lewis Hamilton celebrated with his engineers, mechanics and team following the confirmation that his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team secured the constructors’ championship for a second consecutive season in Russia last time out.
The British driver, who is on the verge of clinching his third World Drivers’ Championship and could theoretically wrap it up this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, admitted he was happy to be able to celebrate the constructors win with his team after his ninth victory of the season at Sochi.
“It’s been great to catch up with the team back at the factories and to celebrate together the amazing achievements of this year,” said Hamilton.
“I can’t say enough how grateful I am for all the hard work and it’s important that we savour these moments.”
Despite being close to the title, Hamilton is certainly not taking anything for granted, and admits he does not mind where he wins the title just as long as he does ultimately take it. If Hamilton is to win the title in the United States this weekend, he will have to outscore Sebastian Vettel by nine points and team-mate Nico Rosberg by two.
“Now, we head off to Austin, which is definitely one of the highlights of the year for me,” admitted Hamilton. “I love the States and spend a lot of time over there, so it’s a weekend I always look forward to.
“I’ve learned from experience that nothing is ever done until it’s done in this sport, so I won’t be taking anything for granted going into the weekend. I’m going into this next race with the same approach I’ve had all year.
“There are four races left for me to get this Championship tied up and as long as it’s done by the time I cross the line in Abu Dhabi that’s what really counts. I’m excited to get out there, give my best and if I can come away with a third Stetson hat that would be unbelievable.”