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Lewis Hamilton displays commitment to Mercedes ahead of Russian Grand Prix

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Championship leader Lewis Hamilton expressed an emotional message to his supporters ahead of the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.

The British driver suggested he is fully focused and highly-motivated as he approaches the crucial race in Sochi.

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Hamilton committed

The 29-year-old posted on his Instagram account: "I'm focused on 1 thing & 1 thing only right now....Winning this championship!!" 

He continued to reveal his dedication to the Mercedes team's cause and that he is not in talks with any other team in the paddock.

"I have not spoken to ANYONE about my future & certainly not to another team. I am committed 100% to Mercedes, this is my team & my belief in them is unmatched!"

Unclear future

Hamilton's post would have been in response to the hazy speculation regarding his situation with the runaway constructor leaders after what has been a rollercoaster of a season to say the least.

Of course it has been a campaign which has granted Hamilton with the opportunity of being crowned Formula One champion for the second time in his career, but it has not come without drama and controversy.

Hamilton's relationship with teammate and long-term 'friend' Nico Rosberg has obviously deteriorated as the season has progressed, with many feeling so much so, that one of the drivers would be moving onto a new adventure.

Driver movement

And with so much movement expected at the front end of the grid after Sebastian Vettel's period with Red Bull coming to an end and potentially a change of team for Fernando Alonso, there was always going to be a lot of speculation over Hamilton.

But this will, at least temporarily, go some way to stopping the rumours and allow Hamilton to start answering questions about his performances rather than future.


Hamilton was also keen to remind us all that his thoughts and prayers, like all of ours, are with Jules Bianchi after his horrific accident last weekend. 

In a further post accompanied by a photo of his race helmet with a sticker on it reading #ForzaJules, he put: "You are with us in spirit bro & in our hearts. Prayers are with you man from all over the world!"

Hamilton goes into the inaugural Russian Grand Prix with a ten-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings over the German Rosberg. Lewis is in fantastic form with three race victories from the last three weekends, while Rosberg has failed to take maximum points from a Grand Prix since July at his home race.

Rosberg's winless streak

Despite having been on pole three times since then, yet Rosberg has failed to convert any of those chances into a victory. It suggests the pressure has taken its toll on a man who had been in such control of the championship only a few races ago.

There has also been some some misfortune, but he will need to come up with something special for the remaining four races.

However, that may still not be enough with Hamilton as hungry and determined as ever. With ten points the difference, there is no room for error. And how crucial could the double-points finale in Abu Dhabi prove to be in deciding the outcome?

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