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F1: Hamilton, Rosberg duel as points lottery looms

Lewis Hamilton expects another fierce challenge from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg when the pair resume hostilities at the Brazilian Grand Prix with the season-ending Abu Dhabi double points lottery looming.

Only days after claiming his 10th win of the season at the United States Grand Prix in Texas, Hamilton has pledged to work as hard as possible to triumph again in his bid for a second championship.

But the 2008 champion knows that even if he wins at Interlagos on Sunday, and his German rival fails to finish, he can still miss out on the title if he flops in Abu Dhabi and Rosberg grabs double points with a victory worth 50 points in the final race of the season. ‘I feel I understand the processes I need and I know what it takes,’ said Hamilton as he looked ahead to this weekend’s race. ‘There’s no real special recipe or anything like that, I’m just going to work my arse off for these next two races and try to improve,’ he added.

Rosberg, understandably, has said he will accept the glory whatever happens, he just wants to be champion by any means. ‘It is what it is, I don’t really care. As long as I have one point more at the chequered flag at Abu Dhabi, I don’t care why or how. It’s the same for everybody...It’s a childhood dream, isn’t it, to be F1 World Champion? It would be very special,’ said Rosberg.

Hamilton won his fifth consecutive race in Austin to open up a 24-point lead ahead of Rosberg.
‘I had those four wins (early in the season) and then there was a bad patch from Monaco onwards. Then Spa was like ‘I’m going to turn this up. I’m going to have to turn this up, this means war’. It was that kind of feeling. Reflecting on it, I turned the energy from that negative bomb into a positive,’ Hamilton added.
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