Hamil­ton proud of big come­back

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC): REIGN­ING CHAM­PION Lewis Hamil­ton says he is proud of his come­back cam­paign, ir­re­spec­tive of the out­come of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sun­day.

Hamil­ton is 12 points be­hind Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg, who will win the ti­tle if he fin­ishes in the top three even if the Bri­ton wins the race.

“It has been a chal­leng­ing sea­son in terms of ups and downs,” said Hamil­ton, whose pa­ter­nal grand par­ents are Gre­na­dian.

“But I’ve man­aged to strengthen in terms of turn­ing the neg­a­tives into pos­i­tives.”

Hamil­ton’s en­gine fail­ure while lead­ing in Malaysia in Septem­ber, cre­ated a 28-point swing in favour of Ros­berg, and a win for Ros­berg in Ja­pan the fol­low­ing week­end left Hamil­ton 33 points adrift.

Hamil­ton also had en­gine fail­ures in qual­i­fy­ing in early sea­son races in China and Rus­sia,


which meant that he had to re­cover from po­si­tions down the grid.

“I am re­ally proud of what I’ve achieved. I was 43 points be­hind. I thought it was im­pos­si­ble to come back from that, and I have been 33 points be­hind and nearly turned that around,” said Hamil­ton.

“It has shown ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble, and I will keep fac­ing the races com­ing with that men­tal­ity.”

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