Third title is Hamilton's American dream

Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:05am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton can live his own American dream by becoming a triple Formula One world champion in Texas on Sunday.

If the Briton scores two points more than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, and nine more than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, at the Circuit of the Americas then it is game over with three races to spare.

A Mercedes one-two, with Hamilton winning, would see to that.

No British driver has ever won two Formula One titles in a row, despite the country providing more world champions than any other nation, but Hamilton looks set to make history in a country he considers home from home.

The 30-year-old would join Jackie Stewart, now 76, as Britain's only three times champions but it is another great -- Brazil's late triple title winner Ayrton Senna -- that he most wants to emulate.

"I didn’t grow up watching Jackie, when I was a kid, I wanted to see Ayrton," Hamilton, who until recently raced with a similar yellow helmet to Senna's, told British reporters after victory in Russia 10 days ago put the title within reach.

"I don’t have that connection with Jackie as I did with Ayrton. It has nothing to do with nationality, just that’s the guy who caught my eye as a kid and that’s the guy I aspired to be," he said.

"I haven’t aspired to be like any of the other drivers."   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves on the podium after winning the Russian F1 Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia, October 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov