The defending Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, has admitted ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix that the current championship battle with Nico Rosberg is an “unusual scenario.”
Speaking to media ahead of the weekend, the Briton revealed the battle feels unusual because he is “fighting for something and not knowing for sure that what you do will guarantee you’re able to make it.” Hamilton also conceded “one outcome would be painful and the other would be a great achievement.”
Heading into the Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton realistically has to win if he is to keep hopes of another championship alive. With the points gap still sitting at 19, even current points leader, Nico Rosberg, finishing 2nd to a victorious Hamilton in the last two rounds of the championship wouldn’t be enough for Hamilton to win the World Drivers Championship.
On another note, history at Brazil for Lewis Hamilton can be perceived in two very different lights. Autodromo Carlos Pace could be viewed as one of his weaker circuits simply because he has never won here. Nico Rosberg, on the other hand, has stood atop the podium in the two previous iterations of this race.
But you could also say this circuit is strong for Hamilton given the memories of 2008, where he overtook Timo Glock in the final corner of the final lap to score enough points to win his maiden championship. Hamilton even alluded to this infamous race ahead of this weekend, saying: “I’ve seen that everything can change even at the very last moment.”
All in all, the key message the Triple World Champion wanted to get across to his fans before the weekend was: ” I’m going to keep pushing,” and that he would “have to fight to the bitter end.”