Lewis Hamilton’s last remaining championship challenger says he will need to be ‘very lucky’ to stop the Briton from sealing his sixth title.

Valtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday to take nine points out of Hamilton’s championship lead.

But Hamilton will head to┬áMexico┬áCity for next weekend’s grand prix 64 points clear of his Mercedes team-mate with just 104 still available.

Hamilton will move to within one triumph of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record if he wins at the high-altitude venue and Bottas crosses the line fifth or lower.

‘Everything is possible,’ said Bottas, following his first victory since April. ‘But I am realistic as well. I will need to be very lucky to win the rest of the races. That is a fact.

‘It is mostly my bad that I am this far behind in the points to Lewis. It is my fault and I will try to fix that in the future.’

 

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