Hamilton aims to make it 10 in Texas

Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:09am EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a big win in Texas this weekend, even if the Formula One starting grid is the smallest he has ever known it with the absence of backmarker teams Marussia and Caterham.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver can become the first British driver to win 10 races in a single season and join Nigel Mansell and the late Jim Clark as the only Britons to win five races in succession.

Another triumph at the Circuit of the Americas, where he won the inaugural race in 2012, would also set him apart from his compatriots with 32 victories -- one more than the record he currently shares with 1992 champion Mansell.

But most important of all, Hamilton can land another big psychological blow on German team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg who is 17 points adrift with 100 still to be won from the last three races.

Hamilton loves the Texas circuit, whereas Rosberg has mixed feelings about it, and arrives with Mercedes on a high after wrapping up the constructors' title in Sochi.

The intention is to turn the focus back to the track after a gloomy week for the sport dominated by talk of financial crisis and teams going into administration, while seriously injured French driver Jules Bianchi is ever-present in everyone's thoughts.

"We still have three races left to decide the Drivers' Championship -- starting in Austin, which is one of the best weekends of the year," said the Briton this week.

"A lot of the American side of my family come to the race, plus I won the first ever Formula One Grand Prix at the circuit back in 2012, so it's a special one for me.   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures after the first Russian Grand Prix in Sochi October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov