Hamil­ton ‘ready to fight’ all the way as Ros­berg edges closer to ti­tle

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AN up­beat Lewis Hamil­ton has said he is rev­el­ling in the daunt­ing chal­lenge of over­haul­ing Nic o Ros­berg to win the For­mula One world cham­pi­onship.

Hamil­ton fac es ar­guably the tough­est test of his 10-sea­son c areer with his Merc edes team-mate 26 points ahead of him with only three rounds re­main­ing.

In­deed the Bri­ton c an win in Mexic o on Sun­day, and at the next rounds in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and still fall short in stop­ping Ros­berg from win­ning his maiden c ham­pi­onship. Fur­ther­more Ros­berg c ould win the ti­tle this week­end if he tri­umphs in Mexic o City, and Hamil­ton fin­ishes 10th or lower.

“I don’t feel like I ar­rive at a grand prix, and want it ever to be easy,” said Hamil­ton, who won last year’s ti­tle with three rac es to spare. “I love do­ing things that are diffic ult.

“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 c an’t ac tu­ally fin­ish it. I al­ways go for the hard­est wall and some­times make it, some­times don’t.

“Would I like to be in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion right now? Of c ourse, but that is now where I am. All I know is that I have this c hal­lenge ahead of me, and I am ready to go. I am ready to fight.”

Hamil­ton, 31, ap­peared on c ourse to march to a third c on­sec utive cham­pi­onship af­ter turn­ing an early-sea­son 43-point defic it to Ros­berg into a 19-point lead in time for the sum­mer.

But the Bri­tish driver has en­dured a tur­bu­lent sec ond half to the c am­paign.

He was forc ed to start at the bac k of the field in Bel­gium af­ter serv­ing a grid penalty for tak­ing on a new en­gine. His en­gine then ex­pired while he was lead­ing in Malaysia, and on c ourse to re-c laim the lead of the c ham­pi­onship. While Ros­berg de­liv­ered two c rush­ing dis­plays in Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan.

It was put to the triple world c ham­pion here that, with the odds firmly stac ked against him, usurp­ing Ros­berg would surely rank as the best 200 Ren­field Street, Glas­gow G2 3QB. email: sport@the­herald.co.uk. Tel 0141 302 6590 Head of Sport Ste­wart Weir achieve­ment of his c areer. “I don’t want to c on­tem­plate if I do or don’t [win the ti­tle],” Hamil­ton replied. “All I have got to do is make sure I win these rac es and that is what I am putting my en­ergy to­wards.

“I am not sit­ting here think­ing if this hap­pens it will be amaz­ing, if this hap­pens it will be ter­ri­ble, if the en­gine goes it is go­ing to be ter­ri­ble, if I win the rac e it is go­ing to be great.

“I want to put my mind to­wards get­ting the c ar ready so I qual­ify on pole and win the rac e from start to fin­ish.”

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