Raikkonen warns champion Hamilton that Ferrari want constructors' title

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel

"It's not something I've asked Valtteri, if he'd want that, but I don't think he's going to want that. I'm always really open with my set-up so I will continue to do so". It's a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time away from families, and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter.

Hamilton leads a busy lifestyle but prides himself in having the right balance between his racing and other interests, particularly in fashion and music. "That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time". The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done.

"All I can do is try and make sure I'm supportive throughout the weekend".

Hamilton wrapped up his fifth world championship in Mexico City, raking in nine race wins along the way while Bottas has yet to score a victory in 2018.

The faithful Finn has come close on occasion, but bad luck or team orders have kept him off the top step of the podium.

"I don't think he is going to want that, he is going to win one on his own, in his own way", added Hamilton.

Last year, members of Hamilton's Mercedes team were robbed at gun point leaving the track, one of a number of incidents over the race weekend.

With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, a maximum of 86 points are on the table for each team, as race victories are worth 25 points and second place finishes are worth 18 points.

"One of the most hard moments of the year was in Russian Federation for me", he had said in Mexico City, referring to a race in which Bottas was asked to move aside to let him win.

Even with these results, Ferrari only managed to outscore Mercedes by 11 points, so it will be extremely challenging for them to outscore them by at least 13 points in the Brazilian Grand Prix to take the constructor championship battle to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"I have been three times in a position like that in '17, '09 and this year".

The Briton was third in Texas and then fourth in Mexico last month after racking up four wins in a row as he sensed the title beckoning.

Sebastian Vettel says he is still committed to his personal "mission" of winning a title with Ferrari, despite another disappointing season with the Italian team.

"But I am really hopeful we get in the auto this weekend and it feels more normal and we are more competitive", Hamilton added.

"We have a battle on our hands for the constructors' title and we have lost ground to Ferrari in each of the past race weekends".

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