Over the last two weekends Hamilton has managed to reduce what was a 33-point deficit to just 19 points, but even his back-to-back wins in Austin and Mexico fail to paper over the cracks of what has been a tumultuous season for the Briton and he is in real danger of missing out on what many would have seen to be a fairly straightforward title.
Even if he wins in Brazil and then again in Abu Dhabi – finishing the season with ten victories to Rosberg’s nine – he will still lose the title to his teammate by five points if the German manages to finish in second place in both those races.
Hamilton’s season has been plagued with engine failure, a breakdown in communication with his team and a deteriorating relationship with Rosberg but the 31-year-old has refused to give up on winning the championship regardless of how unlikely it may be.
Before Mexico, the current world champion said he was aiming “to be the best I’ve ever been” in the final three races of the year but he has admitted that even his best may not be enough.
“I’m fighting for something that I don’t even know if I will be able to make it. It’s definitely an unusual scenario to be in but I’ve just got to push all the way to the end,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.
“All I know is in the beginning of my career in Formula 1, right to the last minute it changes. That’s why I can’t give up.”
Despite how much Hamilton may refuse to concede the title, if Rosberg wins in Brazil next weekend, the German will also clinch his maiden championship at the same time, something Lewis is clearly not ready to accept.
“I don’t know how you can prepare for losing. I don’t think you can prepare to lose, but I’ve experienced it before.”
Interlagos is Hamilton’s bogey track, having never won there in nine attempts, and was infamously denied the championship by Kimi Raikkonen in his debut season of 2007. Even if he ultimately fails to win the title this year, he claims it won’t be as painful as it was almost nine years ago.
“I lost in 2007, I know it won’t be as painful as then, and I’ve lost many races, I’ve lost championships through my career so it’s not like I haven’t experienced it.”
While Hamilton may appear to be dealing with his “unusual scenario” in a mature and professional manner, it certainly begs the question if his attitude had been more refined earlier in the season would he be in this position now?
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