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Lewis Hamilton refuses to comment on tax avoidance allegations

Lewis Hamilton bids for Brazilian glory amid tax storm Hamilton open to helping Bottas in final races
Melissa Porter | 10 November, 2017, 02:42

After taking the championship at the last round in Mexico Hamilton became the most successful British driver, with one more title than Sir Jackie Stewart and behind only Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher in the record books. I don't know why, but it feels so fresh and so new.

Hamilton is one of many famous figures implicated in the papers, including the Queen, whose private estate has been accused of investing millions of pounds in offshore tax havens. After winning the first title, I was thankful for what I had, because most drivers don't ever make it to a title win.

The Paradise Papers show that Hamilton - whose estimated wealth is £130m - avoided paying Value-Added Tax on the private jet by importing it to the Isle of Man.

Hamilton's fourth championship has officially tossed him into the mix as far as the greatest driver of all-time goes in Formula One even though a lot of people pretty much saw him in that mix already. This year, however, Hamilton has no intention of losing focus.

"I am planning to keep the pressure as it has been throughout the year".

After enjoying a family holiday and trip to Machu Picchu in between the Mexican and Brazilian races, Hamilton wants to maintain his momentum from the title victory into the final two races of the year.

"It is not until the end of the season that my job is fully done", he said.

"I guess the reason it's not really sunk in is because I've kind of tried to stay in the zone, really", he told reporters at Interlagos, which hosts Sunday's penultimate race of the season.

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.

He said: "After the race I had 300 messages". "So I come here with this greatest feeling, fantastic energy, and want to absorb that positive energy and try to shine my light as bright as I can here in Brazil". Since 2001, the Braziliain GP has been staged under rain six times - more than any other race in F1.