Lewis Hamilton sees no need to take risks in his bid to get past Nico Rosberg at the United States Grand Prix, even though it would secure him the Formula 1 world championship.
If Hamilton wins the race with Rosberg behind him then he will secure his third world title with three races remaining.
But after being outqualified by Rosberg in the rain-hit Sunday qualifying session, Hamilton said that it would be stupid to put anything on the line simply to clinch the crown here.
"Qualifying was cut short, so we didn't get to battle it out on the last few laps," said Hamilton.
"But the race is a long battle and it will be hard out there today, with those conditions varying throughout the race.
"I think today I still need to be sensible, and I don't need to take risks. I have more races – it is not do or die this weekend."
Hamilton was confident that he was well placed to have a decent shot at pole position in the Q3 session, before the FIA elected to cut qualifying short because of deteriorating conditions.
"It was generally a good qualifying and lots of fun out there," he said. "But it was a bit of an anti climax and we could have gone out and cleaned the track ourselves.
"But I am still happy with a 1-2 for the team, and it is good for the fans to be able to see the cars running. I hope the weather backs off a little bit for the race."