Ti­tle win against odds: Hamilton

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LEWIS Hamilton says that the odds will be against him in For­mula 1’s fi­nal-race ti­tle de­cider in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton took the cham­pi­onship bat­tle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Ros­berg to the fi­nal race with a su­perb vic­tory in treach­er­ous wet con­di­tions in Brazil.

But he is 12 points be­hind Ros­berg, who will be cham­pion if he fin­ishes third on Novem­ber 27 even if Hamilton wins.

“Right now, it is go­ing to be very hard to beat him but it doesn’t mean I can’t win the race,” Hamilton said.

“I am go­ing to take the en­ergy I have at the mo­ment and re­ally try to push as hard as I can in that race to get as far ahead and that is all I can do.”

Hamilton’s win in Sao Paulo was his ninth of the year, equalling the num­ber Ros­berg has achieved, and his third in a row.

It came after his 11th pole po­si­tion in 20 races, and was the 52nd of his ca­reer, mov­ing him one ahead of Alain Prost into sec­ond in the all-time list be­hind Michael Schu­macher, who took 91 wins.

Hamilton again brought up the fact that he has had much the worse of the re­li­a­bil­ity at Mercedes this sea­son.

This has in­cluded three en­gine fail­ures that have di­rectly im­pacted his points tally, es­pe­cially one while lead­ing in Malaysia last month.

Hamilton said: “I am go­ing to con­tinue what I am do­ing. Nico has fin­ished ev­ery sin­gle race this year apart from Barcelona which nei­ther of us fin­ished.

“I’m hunt­ing. All I can do is do what I’m do­ing right now. The team are giv­ing me a great car. I am go­ing to give it ev­ery­thing I’ve got and all I can do is try to win

I’m hunt­ing. All I can do is do what I’m do­ing right now. The team are giv­ing me a great car. I am go­ing to give it ev­ery­thing I’ve got”

the race. Right now I am just en­joy­ing the mo­ment.”

As­sum­ing nei­ther has a tech­ni­cal prob­lem, the ad­van­tage is very much in Ros­berg’s favour as Mercedes have dom­i­nated the sea­son and it is highly un­likely that any other team will be able to com­pete with them at the Yas Ma­rina cir­cuit.

Ros­berg said: “It is go­ing to be a great, ex­cit­ing race weekend, a great bat­tle for sure. I would like to win the race, def­i­nitely. I am go­ing to try to do that. Feel­ing good, so let’s see.”

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said: “As Bernie [Ec­cle­stone, F1’s com­mer­cial boss] would have or­dered it, show­down in Abu Dhabi. They are go­ing to drive it out on track.

“We just have to give them two cars so they can fight it out on the track. My big­gest night­mare would be a me­chan­i­cal is­sue but this is how the sport is.”— BBC.

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