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Lewis Hamilton inspired by Serena Williams as he gears up for title showdown

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Lewis Hamilton will go into the final race of the season looking to overturn a 12-point deficit to driver's championship leader Nico Rosberg - and he is looking to a certain tennis icon for inspiration.

Serena Williams, a six-time world number one and the winner of 22-major titles, flew out to support Hamilton at the Mexico Grand Prix where he acquired the second of three consecutive victories.

The British racing superstar will be on the hunt for a fourth driver's title of his career, and a third in three years, when the F1 teams meet this weekend at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi for the ultimate Grand Prix of the season.

Once again Mercedes have already won the constructor's title, and irrespective of who wins with driver's title, as a manufacturer they will have both of their drivers in the top two positions at the close of the season. So it's been another perfect year for team Mercedes.

Thankfully for the German speedster, Rosberg still holds his destiny in his own hands. If he finishes anywhere in the top three at the chequered flag on Sunday, he will win his first ever driver's championship regardless of where Hamilton places at the end of the Grand Prix.

Hamilton finds inspiration from Serena Williams

However, Hamilton has a secret weapon up his sleeve for the final race weekend of the season, with his new found source of inspiration in Williams.

On his association with Williams, the Briton said via ESPN: "We come from similar backgrounds and have similar relationships with our parents, with the father as the lead.

"Growing up watching her, I have been inspired by her. She is the greatest athlete of our generation today. I'm absolutely mesmerised by what she has accomplished.

"Every now and then, she'll give me a bit of that magic in her words. Venus talks a lot about her wisdom and about her growth, the process of being a sportsman and woman, so generally from both of them I take a lot of inspiration and admire both of them."

History beckons for Hamilton?

Should Hamilton pull off the unthinkable just a few Grand Prix' ago and cancel out Rosberg's championship lead to complete a title hat-trick, he will become the first ever British driver to be crowned as Formula One's world champion for a fourth time.

Sir Jackie Stewart (OBE), nicknamed 'the flying Scot', is the only other Briton to win three driver's titles. He won his first title in 1969, then he won a follow up in 1971, and the third championship came in 1973.

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