Lewis Hamilton has vowed to fight on in the battle for the Formula One title, despite going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi in a fortnight’s time with "awful chances".
Hamilton won his first race in Brazil this weekend on a rain affected track, though the achievement was slightly overlooked after a fantastic drive by Max Verstappen as the Dutch driver climbed from 15th to reach the podium in the closing laps of the race.
The victory was Hamilton's 52nd career win, which took him into second on the all-time list, above Alain Prost, and behind only Michael Schumacher.
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Despite the victory, the 31-year old is still 12 points behind teammate and Championship leader Nico Rosberg.
It has been a difficult season for Hamilton, who has suffered from a number of engine problems, something that has contributed to Rosberg’s lead at the top of the Championship.
The Englishman could miss out on his third consecutive title if he wins in Abu Dhabi and Rosberg finishes on the podium.
Despite the odds being firmly stacked against him, Hamilton has vowed to fight on in his battle to retain the title, saying: “I'm in an awful position going into the last race.
"It doesn't really make a big difference if I go and drive like I do right now because I've already lost so much [ground] through the year.
"But I can't give up because I don't know what could happen. It's unlikely, but more could happen.
"Nico's doing all he has to do. He has finished every race and not had any problems, where I have. He's had fantastic reliability, so it's going it's going to be very hard to beat him."
Rosberg goes into the final race as firm favourite to take his first title, but Hamilton will hope that fortune favours him and wins him his third successive Championship.
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