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Hamilton not giving up



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has not given up on winning the Formula One world championship this weekend.

Hamilton sits 24 points behind title leader Fernando Alonso and needs a remarkable final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to claim his second world championship.

"Although I'm still mathematically in with a shout, I'm fully aware that, being 24 points behind, I'll not only need to win the race on Sunday but see the championship leader finish outside the points," Hamilton said.

"And, even then, that might not be enough. That's not to say I'm going into the race weekend feeling any less determined or motivated: we've seen before that this championship can be unpredictable and volatile - and I think this last race of the year could be even more unpredictable than normal."

"I know from personal experience that the championship isn't over until you cross the line on the final lap - so I'll not only make sure I'm up there at the end, but pushing hard until the very end."

"It's going to be a brilliant spectacle and a great event for Formula One fans around the world - I absolutely can't wait."

Hamilton's McLaren team-mate Jenson Button saw his hopes of retaining the world title end after finishing fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, but that has not dampened the Briton's outlook.

"Obviously, it was disappointing to be ruled out of the drivers' championship in Brazil last week, but I was very pleased with my race, which was a lot of fun, and I'm already looking forward to another good performance this weekend," Button said.

"Last year in Abu Dhabi, I had a similarly great result - I'd lifted the pressure of the championship from my shoulders at the previous race so I was free to race hard once again."

"I'll be hoping for another strong finish this year. Most importantly, it will be my final race with the world champion's number one on my car, for this year anyway."

"It's been a great privilege and honour to carry that throughout the entire year, and I want to make sure I give it the best possible send-off this weekend."

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