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Hamilton confident despite world bid hanging by thread

By Ian Parkes

Published 29/10/2016

World view: Lewis Hamilton during practice yesterday for the Mexican Grand Prix, a race he desperately needs to win to maintain his world title challenge
World view: Lewis Hamilton during practice yesterday for the Mexican Grand Prix, a race he desperately needs to win to maintain his world title challenge

An upbeat Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is revelling in the daunting challenge of overhauling Nico Rosberg and winning the Formula One world championship. Hamilton faces arguably the toughest test of his 10-season career with his Mercedes team-mate 26 points ahead of him in the title race with only three rounds remaining.

Indeed the Briton can win here in Mexico tomorrow, and at the next rounds in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and still fall short in stopping Rosberg from winning his maiden championship.

Furthermore Rosberg could win the title as early as this weekend if he triumphs in Mexico 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 races to spare. "I love doing things that are difficult.

"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 can't actually finish it. I always go for the hardest wall and sometimes make it, sometimes don't. I love the challenge.

"Would I like to be in a different position right now? Of course, but that is now where I am. All I know is that I have this challenge ahead of me, and I am ready to go. I am ready to fight."

Hamilton, 31, appeared on course to march to a third consecutive championship after turning an early-season 43-point deficit to Rosberg into a 19-point lead in time for the summer break.

But the British driver has endured a turbulent second half to the campaign.

He was forced to start at the back 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 course to re-claim the lead in the championship, while Rosberg delivered two crushing displays in Singapore and Japan.

It was put to the triple world champion here that, with the odds firmly stacked against him, usurping Rosberg would surely rank as the best achievement of his career.

"I don't want to contemplate if I do or don't (win the title)," Hamilton replied. "All I have got to do is make sure I win these races 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," he said.

"I want to put my mind towards getting the car ready so I qualify on pole and win from start to finish. That is my goal."

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