Lewis Hamilton is not planning to orchestrate a victory for teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend if the two drivers find themselves leading the race.
However, since buying the sport at the beginning of 2017, and clearly unaware of the expression "quality not quantity", Liberty Media has made no secret of the fact that it is targeting a calendar featuring as many as 25 races. That said, when you've won five world drivers' championships, you probably have carte blanche to dress as you like.
Kimi Raikkonen congratulated Lewis Hamilton on his fifth world title, but warned him that Ferrari are going all out to stop Mercedes completing a Formula One championship double at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. The last two races have been pretty shocking compared to our standards, and I don't know how this next race is going to go. Next year's calendar, with 21 races races, is set to run into December for the first time in more than half-a-century.
"Some of it is still a mystery but I think there are a lot of areas that we have understood".
'I am someone that really loves racing, but the season is long, it takes a big commitment from all of us, and it is a long time away from our families. "I want to win by doing it by myself".
"You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard".
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The British driver, who celebrated his title triumph in California, has failed to win a race after clinching the championship with rounds to spare.
"Obviously, we're not in a good position, but we're still in it and we'll do our best..."
"For sure he won it", he said.
Further down in the constructors' championship, Sauber sits just three points ahead of Toro Rosso, and with your position in the championship linked to how much prize money you receive at the end of the year, it's a crucial battle for both teams.
Hamilton says he would prefer an 18-race schedule - every season since 2010 has featured at least 19. "He won it. Fair play and congratulations to him".
Ferrari has enjoyed the upper-hand over Mercedes in recent races - outscoring its rivals by 12 points in the USA and 11 points in Mexico - so it will require a better weekend at Interlagos if it is to take the battle to Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time.