Lewis Hamilton vows to switch his attack mode on in this weekend’s American GP after recent troubles which curtailed his chances in the fierce title fight. The Briton is looking forward to the race in Austin and builds on the support of the American fans.
Lewis Hamilton’s 2016 season did not kick off in the best way as he experienced a string of misfortunes. The reliability of his car did not play to his hands which led to a significant point deficit to his team-mate Nico Rosberg early in the campaign. The Briton, however, fought his way back over the summer and managed to get the championship lead over from the German.
After the summer break, Hamilton’s fortune and some mistakes meant a dip in form. Penalties for engine components' changes in Spa, an engine failure in Malaysia and some bad starts in Japan and Italy led to the loss of the lead and a 33-point gap to Rosberg.
Hamilton is, however, still adamant to give his best to take his fourth title which would be the third in a row. He praised his team for the great car which enabled him and his team-mate to dominate the pinnacle of the motorsport for the third consecutive year.
“Seeing all the guys and girls at the factory last week really brought home just what we’ve achieved together this year. They’ve worked so damned hard to give Nico and me this great car and you can see how much it means to them. We’ve got four races left to make the most of it and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”
The three-time world champion has only four races left to turn his fortunes around. He promised to attack in the remainder of the season. His point deficit to Nico Rosberg means, that the German could seal the title without any further wins.
“It’s just about hitting every race weekend as hard as I can, going all out for every win and seeing what happens from there. I’ll be holding nothing back out there. First up, we’re back in the States – which is like a second home race for me these days. I love the country, the culture, the people and the track, so I can’t wait to get started.”
The 31-year-old secured his title last year in Austin and he also won the inaugural race back in 2012 which makes him hopeful about his chances.
“I’ve got some great memories from Austin, with three wins from four races and, of course, the title win last year. That was one of the highlights of my career, no doubt. It’s almost like the American fans have adopted me as their own, so I’ll try to channel all of that positive energy into this weekend,” concluded Hamilton.