"I had to go a bit too quickly through my programme initially and I had some traffic as well".
Before this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, the 20th race of this year, the 33-year-old said: "It already..." So I don't think I'll be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I don't think he needs that.
After winning four races in succession with Hamilton, Mercedes was soundly beaten in the United States Grand Prix and then produced its worst performance of the season in Mexico.
"I'm someone who really loves racing but the season is long". This season is the second time the F1 calendar has been at its longest, with a total of 21 races.
"You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard".
"All I can do is speak is for myself".
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Vettel gesticulated and shouted in German while the officials dithered somewhat, but it was revealed in the stewards' report that he had turned the engine off after knocking over a cone and edging towards one of the officials at the weighbridge. "That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time".
Lewis Hamilton, having claimed his fifth world championship last time out in Mexico, didn't take his foot off the gas at Interlagos, claiming Mercedes' 100th pole position in F1 and their fifth in a row here, finishing up less than a tenth of a second ahead of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari. The Briton would have perhaps been surprised to see Haas' Kevin Magnussen splitting the two Mercedes, with the Dane only 0.010s off the world champion's pace and ahead of Bottas. "It compromised his track time but we got enough to get some good data". "We're trying to win", he told reporters.
It is a shame not to have the championship still going but since after the Singapore Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel's chances were only mathematical.
Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was the previous record holder with his lap for pole position past year, was third-quickest ahead of Sauber-bound fellow-Finn Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari. In the end, if you ask 10 people, they all have different views how it's been won or lost. "He won it. Fair play and congratulations to him". At the start of the session both Ferraris went out on super-softs but, with rain in the air and no time set, the drivers were called back to switch to the soft compound. "The team are not going to make that call", he said.
"Red Bull's dominance in the last races was impressive, and I'm sure they'll be quick here this weekend as well, as will Ferrari".
Ericsson has been dropped by Sauber for next season and is to race in Indycars in the U.S., although he will remain the team's reserve driver.