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Hamilton faces a 33-point deficit to teammate Nico Rosberg in the Driver's Championship.

Lewis Hamilton claims anger comes from his love of the sport

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Three-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has claimed he gets so irritated at bad results because he loves the sport so much.

A string of bad luck has seen Hamilton trail German teammate Nico Rosberg by 33 points with just four races remaining.

A season blighted by engine problems and grid penalties, as a result, was compounded when his current power unit broke, forfeiting the comfortable lead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, with teammate and championship rival Rosberg sat down in fifth.

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The Brit's frustration came to a head at the driver's press conference in Japan, where Hamilton entertained himself on Snapchat to the general disgust of the world's media, a reaction he did not respond well to, declaring he would severely decrease his media activity going forward.

In the run-up to the US Grand Prix, Hamilton said:  “Every now and then I’ve seen people have an opinion about how emotional I get; like I should be more happy even when I’ve lost.

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“But I think people that comment on that forget how heavily invested I am in this sport.

"It’s the same for anyone whatever they are doing, it’s about how much investment they have put in, and my heart has been invested in this for 23 years.

“This has been part of my life since I was eight and it is literally an extension of my life and my body. It’s really odd, but I feel it.

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“I guess that’s why I’m good at what I do, because I don’t just drive with my head, I feel it in my heart, I feel it my chest, I feel it in my abs, I feel it in my butt, I feel it in my neck, I feel everything

"That’s why I love it, because there is nothing else that I do that feeds all that and I can get those feelings from.”

Hamilton will return to the Circuit of the Americas for the first time since he clinched the 2015 Driver's Championship in Austin, looking to overhaul a 33-point deficit to Rosberg.

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