Duty calls for combative Hamilton

Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:17am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton will be starring in the next "Call of Duty" video game due out in November but the Formula One world champion has a real and more immediate fight on his hands in Texas this weekend.

The Mercedes driver, returning to the U.S. Grand Prix circuit where last year he won his third title, told 3.8 million followers on Twitter that he would be a character in the "Infinite Warfare" edition.

Hamilton, 33 points behind German team mate Nico Rosberg with four rounds remaining, is determined to give it his best shot on the track as well - even if it is looking an increasingly long one.

The Briton knows the odds are now stacked against him winning a fourth title this season, given that even winning all the remaining races will not be enough if Rosberg finishes second every time.

But the same bad luck that saw him retire with an engine failure while leading in Malaysia this month can also strike elsewhere.

"We've got four races left to make the most of it and that's exactly what I plan to do. It's just about hitting every race weekend as hard as I can, going all out for every win and seeing what happens from there," said Hamilton.

"I'll be holding nothing back out there.

"I've got some great memories from Austin, with three wins from four races and, of course, the title win last year. That was one of the highlights of my career, no doubt.   Continued...

Formula One F1 - Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka Circuit, Japan- 9/10/16.  Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain in action during the race. REUTERS/Toru Hanai