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Hamilton is fit and raring to go in Austin.

Lewis Hamilton '100 percent' fit for US Grand Prix

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Defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton says he is fully fit and ready for this weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin.

The 31-year-old was forced out of a tyre test in Barcelona last week after suffering from a foot injury, but seems ready and raring to go for the key race in the title chase. 

"I am 100 percent and feeling great," he said.

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"I basically had an injury that I've been carrying generally all year long, in both feet. Just induced by running.

"Unfortunately the physio said that it just takes a lot of stretching and it just heals over a long time.

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"At the time I woke up in the morning, I was feeling quite a lot of pain the day before, and it hadn't diminished, so there was very little ... the most important thing was to be fresh for here and feeling better for here.

"This is actually the first week that it's felt good."

Hamilton will be looking to record his third consecutive victory at the Circuit of the Americas and close the 33-point gap on his teammate Nico Rosberg atop the drivers standings with just four races to go. 

It's been a tough few weeks for Hamilton, both on and off the track, with car failures in recent races causing him to lose positions, and incidents with the media putting more pressure on his shoulders.

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With just a few races left to go, it's looking more and more unlikely that he'll be able to catch Rosberg.

The Brit realistically needs to win every race from here on out to stand any chance of retaining his world title and prevent losing out to a teammate for the first time in his F1 career.

This weekend's race in Austin is a key one in the pursuit of a third consecutive world title for Hamilton and is sure to throw up some fiery action, especially if the two Mercedes drivers share the front row once again. 

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