Hamilton ignores premature title loss talk

Lewis Hamilton says he won't prepare for losing the F1 world title despite accepting his chances of winning the championship looking slim.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren with fans.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren with fans. 14.05.2017.

Lewis Hamilton has conceded he has more chance of losing the F1 world championship to Nico Rosberg due to his points deficit but with two races to go he isn't preparing for failure.

Despite winning the past two races in the USA and Mexico, the reigning F1 world champion trails Mercedes team-mate Rosberg by 19 points and if the German driver wins next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix he will claim the title with a round to spare.

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Hamilton, who is looking to lean on his experiences from losing and also winning a world title at Interlagos in 2007 and 2008 respectively, says if Rosberg does seal a maiden F1 world title he will aim to move on from the disappointment immediately but won't accept conceding the championship battle early.

"I don't think you can prepare to lose, but I have experienced it before," Hamilton said. "I lost in 2007, I know it won't be as painful as it was then. I've lost many races, I've lost championships through my career so it's not like I haven't experienced it.

"I'm in the scenario right now I know that there's more of a chance that I'll lose it than a win it. It's hard to swallow, but it is what it is. I'll move on, I've still got three so I just really hope that next year I don't have the reliability problems."

Hamilton must win both the remaining races in 2016 and hope Rosberg finishes behind some of his other front-running rivals to give him a realistic shot of the world title at the end of this year.

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