Mercedes duo ready for final battle


Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have both come out fighting ahead of their Formula One world title showdown next weekend.

Ahead of the final race of the campaign in Abu Dhabi, being dubbed ‘The Duel in the Desert’, Hamilton holds a 17-point advantage over Mercedes team-mate Rosberg.

A top-two finish for Hamilton will guarantee him his second crown, six years after his first in dramatic circumstances in 2008.

As for Rosberg, with double points controversially on offer for the first time in the sport’s history, the German knows victory combined with Hamilton coming home third or worse will see him claim the championship.

Naturally, the duo are exuding confidence given the dominance of the team and their car this season, with numerous records being set.

Hamilton said: “People talk about how long it’s been since I won the title, but I honestly feel like I’m fighting for my first world championship all over again.

“Sure, I’m older and maybe a little bit wiser than I was back then. I’ve learnt a lot in the years since 2008, but I’m still the same driver.

“I still have the same hunger, the same will to win, and I’ve been giving it everything I’ve got from the word go this season.

“I’ve had ups and downs along the way, but I’ve never once given up. I’ve managed to fight my way back from whatever has come my way and my approach doesn’t change for this race.”

If neither car encounters any technical issues it should be a run to the line for both, although Hamilton has in the back of his mind the fear of a problem proving costly.

“I’ve a good record at the Abu Dhabi circuit,” added Hamilton.

“Last year was actually the only time I’ve not started on the front row or finished on the podium.

“But I’ve also had some misfortune there over the years, particularly in 2012 (started on pole, but retired with a fuel-pressure fault when leading).

“I’m hoping bad luck won’t play a part this time around, and I know the team has been working flat out to make sure it doesn’t.

“I’m feeling relaxed, I’m feeling confident and I’m ready to win.”

Rosberg, despite being the man who needs a problem for Hamilton if he is to emerge victorious, is naturally positive he can become champion.

“I absolutely believe I still have the chance to take the title in Abu Dhabi,” enthused Rosberg.

“It won’t be easy, but I’ll be full attack, just as I have been all season.

“Although this has been my first year fighting for a world championship, I’ve never felt more comfortable than I have done this year.

“The team behind us have done an incredible job and it’s great they’ve given both of us equal opportunity to compete with each other.

“There have been difficult moments just as there have been amazing moments, but this is what Formula One is all about and I hope that everyone watching at home has enjoyed the story of this battle as much as I have.

“Win or lose, double points or no double points, I feel proud of what I have achieved this year, and especially proud to have been a part of this fantastic season for the Silver Arrows.

“I go into this race with no fear and with every belief this can be my title. It’s not over until that flag drops!”

Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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