Lewis Hamilton refuses to comment on tax avoidance allegations



Lewis Hamilton recovered from a first-lap collision with rival Sebastian Vettel to win a fourth Formula One world championship last time out in Mexico and he can help Mercedes to a piece of Brazilian Grand Prix history this weekend. It was the day Felipe Massa lost the F1 world title to Hamilton in dramatic circumstances.

Through a lawyer, the 32-year-old has denied any wrongdoing, insisting he "relies upon" professional advisors.

Back in the paddock at the Brazilian Grand Prix after a break with friends and family, Hamilton said he still had to pinch himself when he thought about the title.

Verstappen revelled in the challenge in the wet previous year and gained 10 positions in a daring drive to finish third and secure a podium finish at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace where Hamilton gained his first title with a passing move for McLaren at the final corner in 2008.

Since taking the title Hamilton has been one of the high-profile personalities identified in the Paradise Papers; the leak revealed he avoided a £3.3m Value-Added Tax bill when importing a private jet.

He responded with victory at Silverstone and appears equally determined to take this latest furore in his stride. "I have a good feeling in my heart. It is a better time than ever to apply even more pressure".

4 - If either Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas chalks up the win for Mercedes, it will mark the first time a constructor has won four consecutive Brazilian GPs.

"I have had this huge wave of positive energy and nothing can really dent that".

"Definitely you need the vehicle, but I think Lewis deserves his success".

"Yes the championship is done", he said.

A ninth-place finish was not enough to prevent Hamilton from becoming the most successful British driver in F1 history and he will be out to end the season in style at the last two races of the year. "But I still have two races".

"If I was to sit back now and just relax and let someone else take the glory, sure it would be nice for other people but that is not what I am about".

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