• IN WORDS: I'm Taking The Title Fight Race-By-Race - Lewis

Lewis Hamilton says he is taking the 2017 Drivers' Championship battle one race at a time, as he looks to extend his lead at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

'One race at a time'

The title fight continues to intensify, but Lewis has admitted he isn't focusing on the bigger picture. Instead, he's taking the rest of the season one step at a time.

His surprise victory last time out in Singapore means he has a 28-point advantage over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, ahead of F1's final visit to the Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

"Not for a second am I thinking about that [the Championship]," he said. "I've just been taking the races one at a time.

"It doesn't matter to me when it happens. For me, it is making sure I have won it when I cross the line at the end of the season. That's what matters.

'My state of mind is the same'

The first lap chaos at the previous round helped Lewis take an unexpected victory for the Silver Arrows, but he doesn't feel the result has changed his mindset for the remaining races.

"I'm not really reflecting too much on the last race," he explained. "I woke up that morning anticipating the difficulty of overtaking at that circuit and thinking I would lose a good 10 or 15 points to Sebastian.

"So, to come out of it the other way round was obviously a surprise. However, I do still feel like my state of mind is exactly the same as it was before.

"Of course, it is a part of a turning point on the season when you are coming from behind all season long and now you are leading the Championship. I just have to make sure that was the last time."