Hamil­ton still keen on another ti­tle, de­spite five-year drought

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LEWIS Hamil­ton has ad­mit­ted he’s faced up to the prospect of end­ing his For­mula One ca­reer with­out win­ning another ti­tle.

Hamil­ton be­came world cham­pion in only his sec­ond sea­son in the sport, back in 2008, but he hasn’t fin­ished bet­ter than fourth in the ti­tle race since.

And speak­ing ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamil­ton – who de­spite back­ing Mercedes to chal­lenge for race wins next sea­son – con­cedes he may never be crowned cham­pion again.

“I have con­fi­dence we’ll be com­pet­i­tive next year but you never know,” said Hamil­ton.

“Maybe cir­cum­stances mean I never win the world cham­pi­onship again. It could hap­pen in our sport, who knows?

“A while ago, that would have been a scary thought, but it isn’t so much any more.”

With three races of the sea­son re­main­ing, Hamil­ton is fourth in the driv­ers’ standings and a mam­moth 153 points be­hind newly-crowned quadru­ple world cham­pion Sebastian Vet­tel.

The 27- year- old moved to praise Vet­tel’s ‘su­perb achieve­ment’, af­ter he se­cured his fourth con­sec­u­tive ti­tle at the In­dian Grand Prix, and sug­gested he could bet­ter Michael Schu­macher’s all-time record of 91 grands prix wins and seven world ti­tles.

“To have had so much suc­cess so young, he is well on his way to be­ing seen as the great­est ever driver, in the sense that he could con­ceiv­ably match Schu­macher’s amaz­ing records,” added Hamil­ton in his BBC col­umn.

“Great­ness is such an ab­stract con­cept. There are lots of el­e­ments that de­fine great­ness. I am still try­ing to dis­cover them all and that’s re­ally the aim. As a driver, I feel I’m do­ing pretty well, and when the car is able to win, I think I’ll win.”

Hamil­ton said he be­lieved Mercedes could be suc­cess­ful even if Ross Brawn leaves at the end of the sea­son.

“We have had a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship, I don’t be­lieve any de­ci­sions have re­ally been made just yet, but ei­ther way we’ve got a strong set of peo­ple in the team,” said the Bri­ton.

“I know Niki, ( Mercedes mo­tor­sport head) Toto (Wolff), Ross and ev­ery­one in the team will do the ut­most to make sure that what­ever de­ci­sion he makes...that we go into next year with a fight­ing chance to win the cham­pi­onship.” – Daily Mail, Reuters


WHERE TO NOW? Mercedes driver Lewis Hamil­ton of Bri­tain ahead of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix prac­tice at the Yas Ma­rina cir­cuit on Yas Is­land.

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