Hamilton confident of catching Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton has vowed to give everything he’s got in the final few races of the season, as he bids to catch teammate Nico Rosberg in the race for the driver’s world championship. In what would surely be the finest achievement of his racing career, Hamilton – without a victory since July – is currently 33 points adrift of the German, with only four races remaining.
At the last Grand Prix in Japan, Rosberg looked imperious, claiming his fourth win from five races. Hamilton meanwhile, could only manage third place in a weekend that was tarnished by his conduct off the track.
The two Mercedes drivers are set to be the front runners at the US Grand Prix in Austin this weekend, with Hamilton facing criticism following his behaviour at the pre-match news conferences which he spent playing with his mobile phone. He then cancelled all press engagements following the race.
The Briton was back in the UK, at the team headquarters in Brackley and Brixworth, where Mercedes celebrated their third consecutive constructor’s championship, he then travelled to Barcelona where he was due to take part in a tyre test, but subsequently pulled out with a foot injury.
Hamilton still hopes he can overhaul his rival however: “’We’ve got four races left to make the most of it and that’s exactly what I plan to do,’ he said.
“It’s just about hitting every race weekend as hard as I can, going all out for every win and seeing what happens from there. I’ll be holding nothing back out there.
“I’ve got some great memories from Austin, with three wins from four races and, of course, the title win last year. That was one of the highlights of my career, no doubt.
“It’s almost like the American fans have adopted me as their own, so I’ll try to channel all of that positive energy into this weekend.”
Hamilton’s quest to become the first British driver to win four titles is out of his control after Rosberg claimed his fourth win in five at Suzuka. The German can now afford to finish second on two occasions and third once and yet still seal his first championship win.
“We now look only forwards and our priority over the coming weeks is to give both our boys the best possible chance of winning the remaining four races,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added.
“The title is purely between them, which is fantastic news for the team as we can be happy whatever the final outcome.”
The US Grand Prix takes place this Sunday, 23rd October.