Lewis Hamilton insists he will not be changing his approach coming into the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, despite knowing a second place finish will be enough for him to clinch a second career Formula 1 World Championship win over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The British driver comes into the 2014 showdown event with a 17 point advantage over Rosberg, a healthy margin for error under the usual points' scoring system and one that would have normally seen a fourth place finish suffice to secure the title.

However, with double points on offer for the first time in the Abu Dhabi finale, Hamilton needs to finish no lower than second behind Rosberg to guarantee himself the crown, a still relatively safe position given Mercedes' dominance over its rivals in 2014.

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Indeed, though Hamilton was beaten to victory by Rosberg in the Brazilian Grand Prix, he says his fight back from a spin in that race gives him plenty of positives regardless of the final result.

"Brazil was a great weekend for the team," he said. "Of course, it didn't go exactly to plan for me but second place in the circumstances was a good recovery and it was a great moment to get a record-breaking one-two finish for all the people who have worked so hard to give us this amazing car.

"I've managed to fight my way back from whatever has come my way and my approach doesn't change for this race. I've got a good record at the Abu Dhabi circuit. 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.

"I'm hoping that bad luck won't play a part this time around and I know that 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."

Now six years since his first F1 world championship, should Hamilton win the 2014 crown it will be the longest time gap between two consecutive F1 titles since Graham Hill almost half a decade ago (1962 and 1968).

"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."


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theJV: I'm not normally one to do this, but this kinda lax, poor reporting really pisses me off, lets take this little snippet "usual points' scoring system and one that would have normally seen a fourth place finish suffice to secure the title."
Currently Hamilton is 17 points ahead of Rosberg, say Rosberg wins, that leaves Hamilton 8 points behind. Therefore Hamilton needs 8 points to win the championship as he has more race wins than Rosberg.
The standard points scoring is as thus 1st place - 25 points, 2nd - 18, 3rd - 15, 4th - 12, 5th - 10, 6th - 8, 7th - 6, 8th - 4, 9th - 2, 10th - 1.
Can someone please explain how they took 17 from 25 and ended up with 12?! You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that Hamilton would have needed 6th, not 4th. It's rubbish editing and fact checking like this that makes articles lose credibility. How do you know what you're talking about when you can't even work out something as simple as that???[\blockquote]

D'uh double

why can some not accept that it is not the number of wins that denotes a wdc? it is POINTS! bernie wanted a medals wdc, and the very people who were saying that it was stupid, are now the ones calling for it to be the decider? i wonder why?

I've not seen a single post asking for this.

Like you've said though, points win prizes, not wins, so it does bother me when people say Nico wouldn't deserve the championship just because Lewis won more races.

Richard and Tai,

LH poles total 7
NR poles total 10

LH fastest laps total 7
NR fastest laps total 5

LH wins total 10
NR wins total 5

give some credit where its due, LH has he or hasn't he done a better job ON the day 10 times, a simple yes or no will suffice although I'm expecting you to reply with something puerile like.... but he sez 'man' a lot !!!, or maybe, but he's got a silly haircut ( which I agree with btw ) or maybe you don't like his tats or maybe he's got two earrings or maybe, ....fill in as you see fit, if Nico takes the title fair play, I won't have a problem with that either cos I like him too, but however you want to cut it, the double points idea has only ever been liked by BE I haven't heard a single person say it's a good thing, and I think we're ALL agreed on that