Hamilton: No reason to change approach
19 September 2017 – Lewis Hamilton says he will not change his approach to his title battle with Sebastian Vettel after opening a 28-point advantage through victory in Singapore.
Mercedes was braced for a struggle in Singapore, due to the layout of the Marina Bay venue not suiting its W08, and Hamilton lined up only fifth, with Vettel on pole.
However, Vettel came together with Max Verstappen and Kimi Räikkönen off the line, while Hamilton moved past Daniel Ricciardo to capture the lead.
Hamilton was never headed across the remainder of the 58-lap wet/dry race as he collected his seventh win of the year to move 28 points clear with just six races remaining.
"I definitely won't change anything, because it's working," said Hamilton of his approach.
"Whatever it is with the approach that I have, there's no reason to change it.
"It's a perfect balance of being aggressive and cautious at the same time.
"The formula works at the moment, so I'll just continue with it."
After no driver secured back-to-back wins during the opening half of the year, Hamilton has now bagged three straight victories, and revelled in triumphing at Mercedes' "weakest" circuit.
"Going into the break, Ferrari was incredibly strong in Hungary," he said.
"We had the great British Grand Prix [result] and then I didn't really know what to expect coming back.
"You come into these races and you don't… obviously we came [to Singapore], we anticipated that Red Bull would be particularly quick, we thought Ferrari would be quick.
"We were hopeful that we might still be within the battle and obviously in the dry conditions we were nowhere.
"So to come to… probably our weakest circuit, perhaps second or first to Monaco, and to win, is obviously a great result.
"The goal has been – since the break – to come and win every race, that's always the goal.
"I'm very, very happy with the tally and I want to continue it, I want to keep it up."