Lewis Hamilton has refuted the idea of trying to bring other drivers into play in Abu Dhabi to potentially put Nico Rosberg under pressure in the F1 world title showdown.
The reigning F1 world champion trails his Mercedes team-mate by 12 points heading into the 2016 finale and will need to win the race in Abu Dhabi and see Rosberg finish off the podium to claim the world title.
With the Mercedes pair likely to be the strongest contenders for victory at the Yas Marina Circuit, theoretically Hamilton will need to win and see his rivals also beat Rosberg.
As a result, Hamilton was asked if he is leading the race and Rosberg is behind would he try to slow the pace to bring the Red Bull or Ferrari drivers into play.
“The tactics for the race will come on Sunday but if I am out ahead I want to be in front by as far as possible,” Hamilton said. “If you can get a big lead on your opponent, it is as painful a blow you can land. Without the red flags in Brazil I would have been ahead by 30 seconds.
“Here, in theory, it might make sense but practically it isn't as there are two long DRS zones here and I wouldn't be easy or wise to do so.
"Nico has generally been strong here with pole position for the past two years and this has been a strong circuit for me but I have not delivered so that is my sole goal.”
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Reflecting on his 2016 campaign as a whole, Hamilton is pleased he's been able to battle back from adversity, both from a mechanical point and his own performances with a number of poor starts, and regardless of the end result in the world championship he will try to look back positively.
“The championship hasn't generally gone the way I had hoped, 2016 hasn't been a spectacular year but either way I will take a lot of positives out of it into next season,” he said. “It has been a challenging season with the ups and down but I've managed to strengthen that tool of turning negatives into positives.
“Coming back from 43 points behind earlier and turning it around and this year has shown again that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and I will take that mindset into this weekend.”
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Hamilton is targeting a third straight and fourth overall F1 world championship crown and must overturn the 12 point deficit on Mercedes team-mate Rosberg at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The British driver can take inspiration from his 2014 triumph which led him to the world title that year, while he also won at the Middle East track with McLaren in 2011. Rosberg has claimed victory in Abu Dhabi in 2015 when the world title had already been wrapped up by Hamilton.
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