Anything possible in F1 title race, says Hamilton

Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:32pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Fresh from his 50th Formula One win, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton remains convinced anything is possible in the title race even if he could lose his crown as early as Sunday.

Victory for the Briton's Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in Mexico will see the German become champion with two rounds to spare if Hamilton has another stroke of bad luck and finishes outside the top nine.

Rosberg, who has a 26 point lead, won at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez last year -- qualifying on pole and setting the fastest race lap -- immediately after Hamilton had wrapped up the title in Texas.

He could repeat the feat but, despite nine victories so far in 2016, Rosberg has yet to win this season without Hamilton finishing at least seventh and more usually on the podium.

Hamilton is also in a very different state of mind to this time last year and not about to settle for anything less than another win.

"The moment you give up is the moment you lose," said the champion, who can join French great Alain Prost on 51 wins and equal second on the all-time list of grand prix winners behind Michael Schumacher (91).

"I've never been one to give up and I don't plan on starting now. There are still plenty of points available and anything is possible."

Hamilton finished runner-up in Mexico last year when the country returned to the calendar for the first time in 23 years.   Continued...

Oct 23, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain holds up the trophy for the crowd after he wins the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports - RTX2Q4KX