Hamil­ton: I don’t go for the eas­i­est wall to climb

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LEWIS HAMIL­TON may have more on his plate than he can han­dle in the For­mula One ti­tle race as he pre­pares for what could be a de­cid­ing Mex­i­can Grand Prix this week­end.

The triple world cham­pion told re­porters that he will have to be the best he’s ever been in the fi­nal three races to have a chance of tak­ing a fourth ti­tle, and even then mat­ters are out of his con­trol.

But the Mercedes driver, who trails Ger­man team­mate Nico Ros­berg by 26 points, also em­pha­sised that he was up for the tough­est chal­lenge.

“I don’t feel like I ar­rive at a grand prix ... and want it ever to be easy. I love do­ing things that are dif­fi­cult,” the Bri­ton said.

“If I go rock climb­ing I don’t go for the eas­i­est wall to climb, I go to the hard­est first.

“It is al­most like your eyes are too big for your belly, you go for a big­ger plate and you can’t ac­tu­ally fin­ish it.

“I al­ways go for the hard­est wall and some­times make it, some­times don’t. I love the chal­lenge. Would I like to be in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion right now? Of course, but that is now where I am ... I am ready to go. I am ready to fight.”

Even if Hamil­ton wins the fi­nal three races, that may not be enough to re­tain the ti­tle.

Ros­berg won in Mex­ico last year and needs only two sec­ond places and a third to em­u­late the achieve­ment of his 1982 cham­pion fa­ther Keke. He will take the crown in Mex­ico if he wins again and Hamil­ton fin­ishes 10th or lower.

Hamil­ton said, how­ever, that the odds made him feel slightly more re­laxed. He would not be tak­ing any ex­tra risks but still rac­ing flat out.

“I’m go­ing for it, that’s for sure. While my heart is still beat­ing, I still have that drive to win, and there’s still an op­por­tu­nity. Even if it’s only one per­cent, I’m go­ing to be go­ing for it,” said the cham­pion.

“All I know is I’ve got to win and I’m go­ing to try and do the best job I can in terms of get­ting the car ( right), qual­i­fy­ing, driv­ing. Re­ally try­ing to ap­ply ev­ery­thing I’ve learned over all those years.

“If there’s any time for me to be the best I’ve ever been, it’s these last three races.” – Reuters

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