The Mercedes driver has already done his bit in qualifying – securing pole position with a new track record time of 1:33.108 at the Circuit of Americas.
But rival Sebastian Vettel helped keep the pressure on by snatching second spot and he’ll line up on the grid in the front row alongside Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton heads into today’s Grand Prix with a 59-point lead in the championship over the Ferrari driver with just three races to go after America – Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
But if Hamilton has his way and Vettel suffers problems on the track this evening, Mercedes could be celebrating their fourth consecutive title in Austin, Texas.
Lewis Hamilton is edging closer to becoming Formula One champion for a fourth time
I think it’s very unlikely that it will be done tomorrow. Unless he makes a silly mistake, which is unlikely as he’s a four-time world champion, it’s going to continue to the other races.
So how can Hamilton win the title this weekend?
Hamilton must finish in the top two to stand any chance.
So there it is. But Hamilton is’t getting his hopes up of taking glory in America.
Sebastian Vettel starts alongside Lewis Hamilton on the grid
“I think it’s very unlikely that it will be done tomorrow,” Hamilton said after yesterday’s qualifying.
“Unless he makes a silly mistake, which is unlikely as he’s a four-time world champion, it’s going to continue to the other races.
“The track was very difficult today with the wind picking up, you’ve got a head wind down to Turn One and through the fast section there was a tail wind, then a head wind through the nine – it was shifting through the lap.
“But that’s why I love this track. It’s a great circuit to drive especially with a car like that.
“It’s going to be a great race tomorrow and a tough one because looking after the tyres in these conditions is tough but I’m the best prepared I can be.”