Pressure? No pressure, says Hamilton

Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:33am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton played down the pressure of his Formula One title showdown with Nico Rosberg on Thursday by saying he had years of experience in dealing with it.

"I come into the race weekend to try to win... so nothing changes there," said the Mercedes driver, who only need finish second to become champion even if team mate Rosberg triumphs on the day.

"And in terms of pressure, I don't particularly feel any," added the Briton in response to a German reporter who described him as the favorite and thus the man with everything to lose.

"I think I've had plenty of experience through my racing career... it might be 20 years of racing, to be prepared for today. There's no special recipe for it (handling the pressure)."

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points and has won 10 races to the German's five but, with 50 available to the winner thanks to the novelty of double points, he knows a mechanical failure could overturn everything.

On the plus side for Hamilton, the 29-year-old has finished in the top two in his last six races with Mercedes chasing a record 16th win of the 19 round season on Sunday.

FAIR FIGHT   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain smiles during a news conference at the Yas Marina circuit before the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah