Hamilton ‘ready to fight’ all the way as Rosberg edges closer to title
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.”