Title-chasing Hamilton with plenty on his plate

Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:49am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton may have more on his plate than he can handle in the Formula One title race as he prepares for what could be a deciding Mexican Grand Prix this weekend.

The triple world champion told reporters that he will have to be the best he's ever been in the final three races to have a chance of taking a fourth title, and even then matters are out of his control.

But the Mercedes driver, who trails German team mate Nico Rosberg by 26 points, also emphasized that he was up for the toughest challenge.

"I don't feel like I arrive at a grand prix...and want it ever to be easy. I love doing things that are difficult," the Briton said.

"If I go rock climbing I don't go for the easiest wall to climb, I go to the hardest first. It is almost like your eyes are too big for your belly, you go for a bigger plate and you can't actually finish it.

"I always go for the hardest wall and sometimes make it, sometimes don't. I love the challenge. Would I like to be in a different position right now? Of course, but that is now where I am...I am ready to go. I am ready to fight."

Even if Hamilton wins the final three races, that may not be enough to retain the title.

Rosberg won in Mexico last year and needs only two second places and a third to emulate the achievement of his 1982 champion father Keke. He will take the crown in Mexico if he wins again and Hamilton finishes 10th or lower.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain speaks to journalists at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, in Mexico City, Mexico October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero