Lewis Hamilton is adamant no one will stand in the way of his third Drivers’ Championship title, not even himself.
While team-mate Nico Rosberg stands the best chance at halting Hamilton’s run, the German’s engine failure in Monza cost him dearly.
Last season it was even fight between the Mercedes team-mates for the title, however, this year Hamilton appears to have the edge.
The Brit took a 53-point lead in the Championship battle last Sunday at Monza when he claimed his seventh race win of this season.
With many predicting that the title is already his, Hamilton is adamant he won’t let anyone trip him up, not even himself.
“I don’t let anybody stand in my way, ever,” he told the official F1 website. “The only person who could get in my way is myself – and I won’t allow that!”
A third title would see Hamilton equal Ayrton Senna’s tally which the Mercedes driver reckons would be a good platform on which to build brand ‘Hamilton.’
“I am at a point in my life where I know that I have a certain amount of years left in Formula One and I am conscious of what will be beyond that.
“I look at people like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and David Beckham – sports stars who have continued to rise beyond their active careers and created businesses and futures for themselves beyond sport.
“Now I am in a phase where I am trying to build foundations to be able to do the same.
“In terms of winning this championship, I don’t know what effect it would have on my future life.
“What I do know is that it’s been my desire since I was a kid to emulate Ayrton Senna – to get these three World Championships. That was always my target.
“If I get these three titles, that would be fantastic. If I think it over, it actually has to be at least three! That is what I am working on.”