‘I have faith and hope, that’s a pow­er­ful thing’

Lewis Hamil­ton still be­lieves he can win a fourth For­mula One ti­tle

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Lewis Hamil­ton be­lieves that he can still pip team­mate Nico Ros­berg to the world ti­tle if he dis­plays the form that saw him ex­cel in Malaysia be­fore his en­gine blew and cost him valu­able points.

The English­man’s hopes of win­ning a fourth world ti­tle were dented in Sepang as his re­tire­ment saw Ros­berg fin­ish in third to take a 23-point lead in the race for the cham­pi­onship.

Hamil­ton re­acted an­grily to the en­gine trou­bles with his Mercedes, even ques­tion­ing his own team, but is now more optimistic about his chances of over­haul­ing his Ger­man ri­val. “I have no idea what’s go­ing to hap­pen in th­ese next five races, all I can do is do what I’ve done this week­end,” said Hamil­ton. “Be as fo­cused as I can pos­si­bly be, put in per­for­mances like I have done this week­end and pray that the car holds to­gether. “I don’t know if my two en­gines [in his pool] are go­ing to make it, but I can only hope and if I per­form the way I’ve per­formed this week­end ev­ery­thing is still to play for. “I still have faith and hope and that’s a pow­er­ful thing.”

With only four races re­main­ing un­til the fi­nal grands prix of the sea­son in Abu Dhabi, Hamil­ton faces a tough chal­lenge to make up the points deficit to Ros­berg.

But hav­ing strug­gled with en­gine prob­lems through­out the sea­son, the 31-year-old knows all he can do is fight to the end.

“I’ll con­tinue to fight more for sure, but at the end of the year if the higher power doesn’t want me to be cham­pion with ev­ery­thing that I’ve given to­wards it then I'll have to ac­cept that,” he added.

“But as long as I end my year know­ing I've given it ev­ery­thing and done ev­ery­thing I pos­si­bly could do, and we have done ev­ery­thing we pos­si­bly could do, that’s all you can ask for.”

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