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F1 Mexican GP: 2008 shows why I can’t give up, insists Hamilton

Eight years to the day he won his first F1 world title in dramatic circumstances, Lewis Hamilton vows to keep mounting the pressure on Nico Rosberg.
Lewis Hamilton has vowed not to give up on his 2016 Formula 1 World Championship hopes until it is impossible for him to win, pointing to his 2008 title win as to what can happen 'until the last minute'.

It is eight years to the day that Hamilton won his first F1 world title in extraordinary circumstances after passing Timo Glock – struggling on slick tyres in increasingly damp conditions – on the final corner of the Brazilian Grand Prix to secure the fifth place he needed to beat Felipe Massa to the championship.

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With Hamilton coming into the final two races of the season chasing down a 19 point deficit to Nico Rosberg and knowing that wins won't be enough alone for him to overhaul his Mercedes team-mate, he says his 2008 last gasp success is proof that he can't allow himself to let his guard drop.

“It's great to be performing as I know I can perform and not have car problems,” he said of his lights-to-flag wins in both Austin and Mexico. “To show that pace out there today in the last race it's a great feeling. I've just got to push all the way to the end.

“One way it can be painful and one way it can be a great thing, but all I know is that from the beginning of my career in Formula One right until the last minute, it changes, so that's why I can't give up.”

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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-23 World Champion, Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, Interlagos, 30th October 2008-2nd, November, 2008
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-23 Is Champion, Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, Interlagos, 30th October 2008-2nd, November, 2008
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November 03, 2016 3:06 AM

Hmm. When I pay my money and attend an F1 race I care about the outcome of that race. The championship is secondary. When Gilles Villeneuve raced he cared more about race wins than he did about the championship. I understand that the championship is important but I would rather win six or seven races in a season and lose the championship than win it without a single win like Keke Rosberg did in 1982. My point is that too much emphasis is placed on the championship, considering that race performances and wins ultimately mean more to the pure sportsman.Lewis will likely surpass Alain Prost in career wins, set new standards in qualifying performances, and still feel that the season was a failure if he finishes second in the championship. This is a sad reality of the sport.

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