Lewis Hamilton rules out taking a knee on F1 podium ahead of Styrian Grand Prix showdown

“I think that’s the same for every athlete. I think it should probably apply to everyone doing their jobs around the world; people try to be the best and believe that you can be the best and at some point, hopefully, you do believe you’re the best.

“But yeah, it’s down to focus, it’s down to how you study the track and your ability to be dynamic and manage the trickiest of conditions with the pressure on you.

“That’s generally what the best athletes in the world do in the last moments of an NBA game, when you’ve got Ray Allen taking that three point shot, when that one counts… either gets you through or not. That’s really, kind of what makes those individuals stand out.”

Six-time champion Hamilton goes into Sunday’s race fourth in the F1 standings, with Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris making up the current top three.

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