Hamilton hoping luck won't play a part in Abu Dhabi

By on Friday, November 14, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he hopes that reliability will not play a part in his last round title showdown with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi and is hopeful that their fight will not be decided by reliability, with the Brit having retired from the lead of the race in 2012 due to a mechanical failure.

"People talk about how long it's been since I won the title - but I honestly feel like I'm fighting for my first World Championship all over again," he said.

"Sure, I'm older and maybe a little bit wiser than I was back then. I've learnt a lot in the years since 2008 - but I'm still the same driver. I still have the same hunger, the same will to win, and I've been giving it everything I've got from the word go this season.

"I've had ups and downs along the way - but I've never once given up. I've managed to fight my way back from whatever has come my way and my approach doesn't change for this race.

"I've got a good record at the Abu Dhabi circuit.

"Last year was actually the only time I've not started on the front row or finished on the podium. But I've also had some misfortune there over the years - particularly in 2012. I'm hoping that bad luck won't play a part this time around and I know that the team has been working flat out to make sure it doesn't. I'm feeling relaxed, I'm feeling confident and I'm ready to win."

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