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Upbeat Lewis Hamilton will "take it like a man" if Nico Rosberg beats him to F1 title

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Upbeat Lewis Hamilton will "take it like a man" if Nico Rosberg beats him to F1 title
Oct 20, 2016, 11:17 PM

It was an assured and relaxed Lewis Hamilton who faced the media in Austin on Thursday ahead of the US Grand Prix.

It was an assured and relaxed Lewis Hamilton who faced the media in Austin on Thursday ahead of the US Grand Prix.

After his edgy performance on track and in front of the media in Suzuka, Hamilton was clearly more poised in his adopted second home after a week of engagements including an appearance on the Ellen De Generes show.

After his media walkout in Suzuka following the Snapchat episode in the Official press conference, Hamilton has a full schedule of media commitments, including another appearance in a Mercedes media session after Qualifying on Saturday, alongside Toto Wolff and Nico Rosberg. It was this event he walked out of in Japan.

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Hamilton fulfilled all his obligations today, with another appearance at the FIA conference and then appeared later that afternoon at the presentation of the F1 connectivity Innovation prize, F1's crowdsourcing competition, of which he is a judge. This year's challenges were all around the subject of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and Hamilton spoke about his excitement that soon fans around the world will be able to game in real time, driving against him in an actual race.

In the same presentation, the technical boss of F1 Management had said that they will have that technology within two years from now.

The 31 year old world champion trails his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by 33 points with 100 points on the table from the remaining four races. He said that if Nico Rosberg were to beat him to the world title he would:

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"Try to take it like a man. You can’t win them all," he said.

"Look at all the world champions in the past who’ve won championships and lost championships, it is part of the game. I am in the position right now where there are still a lot of points available so I’m going to give it everything I’ve got and still have the belief that anything is possible – but then I’ll move on.

"Once it’s decided and it happens, all I can do about it is shape the future, which is the next year. So, life will move on, we’ll go into next season and hopefully come back stronger.

"I don’t look back," he added. "There’s very little point to look back, it’s only looking forwards. As I’ve said, there’s obviously the four races but I’ve still got hopefully some time here in my career for better days. I’m obviously aware that you can’t always have great races and it’s a long, old season. But no-one’s perfect but yeah, all I can do is work as hard as I can with the team, we’ve got a great car, a great team, there’s no reason why we can’t have more positive weekends moving forwards.

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"On the subject of the race starts, which were his Achilles Heel recently in Monza and Suzuka, both of which helped to hand Rosberg the initiative in the championship, he said that he'd been back to the factory in the UK last week to work through some fixes and believes that he should have a better start this weekend in Austin, with that famous uphill run to Turn 1.

"It has been an ongoing thing all year long," he said. "There’s been a lot of changes, a lot of work, perhaps more than in other areas. I was at the factory last week and we were working very hard to cover up all areas so we hope that we have a slightly better formula this weekend. If not then there will be a better formula next weekend, but it is something that... I definitely feel that we’re in a better position so fingers crossed for Sunday."

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