A defiant Lewis Hamilton insists he will keep on fighting all the way to the finish line in Abu Dhabi this coming weekend in his efforts to claim the F1 2010 World Championship laurels despite mathematically being all-but out of the equation now – as he reasons that his three title rivals all have 'a lot more to lose than I have'.
Off the back of a distant fourth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos two days ago, McLaren-Mercedes star Hamilton arrives in Abu Dhabi 24 markers adrift of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso at the top of the points standings, with only 25 remaining to play for – and effectively, therefore, requiring the Spaniard not to score, and needing to win himself at all costs. And that is without even considering the threat from Red Bull Racing pair Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
However, having seen himself just how quickly things can turn around – both this season and also three years ago, when at the end of his maiden campaign in the top flight, long-time leader Hamilton found himself pipped to glory in the final reckoning by a single point by Kimi Raikkonen, who with two races to go had languished some 17 points adrift and appeared to be out-for-the-count – the 25-year-old is adamant that nothing will be over until the chequered flag falls.
“I don't give a damn about any of those three,” he told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph
, having opined post-Brazil that he now requires 'a miracle' to pull it off [see separate story – click here
]. “At the end of the day, I am still in it so I will give it a shot. They have a lot more to lose than I have. I won't be looking up at them or letting them pass. I am going to Abu Dhabi to try to win. We don't have the fastest car, but I could be riding in fourth and all three don't finish – anything could happen.”
Hamilton was arguably on-course to triumph at Yas Marina this time last year, leading Vettel only for brake failure just over a third of the way in to deny him the final victory of the season. Should he find himself similarly out-of-luck in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this time around, then the 14-time grand prix-winner confessed that he would like to see Webber crowned in his stead.
“Mark has done a great job this year and he has been told by his team what position he is in,” Hamilton mused, alluding to the perceived favouritism within the energy drinks-backed outfit towards its favourite son Vettel. “Against adversity he has kept at it. I think he has done an awesome job, and I want to see Mark win.
“He's done pretty much everything right this year, apart from our little tangle [in Singapore], but then Vettel has been incredibly quick and Fernando has done a good, solid job towards the end of the year, so it could go to any of them.”