‘I have faith and hope, that’s a powerful thing’
Lewis Hamilton still believes he can win a fourth Formula One title
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.”