Lewis: Im­pos­si­ble odds’ against me

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LEWIS HAMILTON may face “im­pos­si­ble odds” but has vowed to “give ev­ery­thing” to stop Nico Ros­berg win­ning the For­mula One driv­ers’ world cham­pi­onship at the sea­so­nend­ing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sun­day.

Hamilton (pix) has won the last three races to move to within 12 points of his Mercedes team­mate Ros­berg.

But Ros­berg only needs a top three fin­ish this week­end to clinch his maiden ti­tle and stop Hamilton from be­com­ing the first Bri­tish driver to be crowned a four-time For­mula One world cham­pion.

Hamilton, who drove su­perbly in the wet to fin­ish first at the Brazil­ian Grand Prix, was in no doubt of the scale of the task he faced, telling the for­mula1. com web­site: “It’s not been a per­fect sea­son and I’m faced with pretty im­pos­si­ble odds no mat­ter what I do this week­end.

“I can’t and won’t give up. You never know what might hap­pen -- how­ever un­likely it may seem,” added Hamilton, plagued by re­li­a­bil­ity is­sued ear­lier this sea­son.

“I’ll be proud of my­self and what I’ve achieved as long as I feel I’ve given my all and per­formed at my best. What­ever hap­pens, I’m proud of ev­ery­one who’s been a part of the suc­cess we’ve shared over the past few years.

“I’m ap­proach­ing this week­end the same as I do every race. I want to win and I’ll give it ev­ery­thing to fin­ish the sea­son on a high.”

Mean­while Ros­berg, bid­ding to em­u­late his fa­ther Keke, the 1982 world cham­pion, said: “In Brazil, af­ter the race, I was jok­ing that I would still be tak­ing things one race at a time, but the more I think about it, the more that’s ac­tu­ally not as crazy as it sounds. I have to treat this like any other race.”

The Ger­man added: “Noth­ing in this sport is easy, so this won’t be any dif­fer­ent and I still have to go all out for a good re­sult.

“I have great mem­o­ries from win­ning at this track last year and it’s some­where I’ve usu­ally been strong in the past, so I have every rea­son to feel con­fi­dent.” – AFP

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