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Lewis Hamilton won't give up on Driver's Championship pursuit

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Lewis Hamilton maintains the belief that he can complete a remarkable comeback and secure his third consecutive Formula One Driver's Championship. 

The 31-year-old insists he will not give up despite being 26 points down on teammate Nico Rosberg with just three races remaining.

A win for for Rosberg in Mexico this weekend would see the German secure his maiden world title as long as the Brit picks up one point or less, but Hamilton is staying positive stressing that "anything is possible". 


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The Brit won in Austin last week to move closer to his long-time rival, but even with that victory, Rosberg requires just three second place finishes to ensure finishing above Hamilton, even if the latter were to win all three races. 

Hamilton's engine reliability issues will be tested again in Mexico and if Rosberg were to win and he were to finish outside of the points or in 10th place, the title race would be over. 

However, despite the gap he faces, Hamilton was positive over his chances, saying: "I've still continued to keep a positive frame of mind - I've got to.

"There are still points available, anything is possible. The moment you give up that's the moment you're doomed. I've never given up in my life and I don't plan on doing so."

The three-time World Champion has in fact won two of his titles in the final race of the season, so is no stranger to having to pull out results at the back end of the racing calendar when the pressure is firmly on.

Having said that, he has never overcome a points deficit with as little as three races remaining to go on and win.

Hamilton did usurp Rosberg in 2014 with five races remaining and won his second world title despite his teammate leading the standings for much of the season, but it looks like a much greater task this time around. 

Despite the past showing he can do it, the Brit isn't relying on mistakes from anyone else and knows he faces a stiff task to overhaul 26 points in such a short amount of time. 

"Honestly, I don't try to compare it to other times, but history has shown lots of ups and downs and changes," he said.

"There have been times where it's been dead certain already, and there have been times where it has flipped.

"So that's exactly why I've just got to keep my head down and try to do the job I have done this weekend, which I seriously believe I can do. I can't control what's going to happen behind to this point, it's already been set what has happened in the past.

"All I can do is make sure that when I leave this season I know I did everything with a full heart."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner likened the task facing Hamilton in this year's three remaining races to 'three FA Cup finals', saying: "It's simple for him - it's like three FA Cup finals...He's just got to win all three races and then what happens with the other car he can't control."

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