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Lewis Hamilton sends warning Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen before Singapore GP

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Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton insisted that he welcomes being in stiff competition for the F1 World Championship and that he revels in the challenge of chasing the pack.

Hamilton is currently leading the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship after 14 races.

Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, goes into the Singapore Grand Prix looking to close the gap on the two Mercedes drivers.

“I honestly just think about it in the sense of entertainment,” he said of the greater competition,” he told GPBlog.com. “I think it is more exciting for people watching when there is a mixture of teams ahead rather than a team having a one-two.

“Also, of course, the guy in second [in the championship] is my teammate [Valtteri Bottas], so I don’t know, it hasn’t come into my thought process that other teams are taking points away from him, but that is a part of when you are in a battle for a championship. So on one side, I welcome it because it’s fun, but on the other side it’s we need the team to win the Constructors’ Championship so I have to hope my teammate is at least second.”

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