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How Hamilton can win 2015 F1 title at US GP

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How Hamilton can win 2015 F1 title at US GP

How Lewis Hamilton can win 2015 F1 title at US GP

Lewis Hamilton is now on the brink of wrapping up the 2015 F1 drivers’ championships with four races still to run.

Russian Grand Prix winner Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg started Sunday’s race from pole, but he eventually retired with a broken throttle. And his ninth wins of the season has extended lead at the top of the drivers’ title to 66 points with a maximum of 100 left to play for over the season’s final four races.

It means that if the Briton scores just 2 points more than Rosberg and Vettel nine to seal his third Drivers’ title at Austin with three rounds to spare.

Hamilton, however, refused to “get ahead of myself” by counting on his third drivers’ championship already, but Sebastian Vettel acknowledged that Ferrari’s real challenge will probably have to wait until 2016.

“Of course you never give up,” said Vettel, “otherwise what is the point of even being here?”

But he is more hopeful that another step forward for the Maranello team could result in a proper title challenge in 2016.

“I hope so,” said the German. “That is our target. We want to be a bit better and make sure we give Mercedes a really good challenge.”

Asked if the title is now gone, Rosberg answered: “I don’t know. But I am never going to win a championship when normal things like that break.”

Following disappointed Rosberg insisted to Bild newspaper: “I will try to enjoy the last four races and win as many of them as I can.

“Unfortunately yes, Sebastian overtook me in the championship in Russia, but I will try to change that in America.

“I was even asked after the (Sochi) race if I would help Lewis in the situation that Sebastian is catching him even more, but to be honest I’m not thinking about that.

“And I don’t believe it will come to that either,” Rosberg added. “Hopefully in 2016 all three of us will have a very tight battle for the title.”

Top podium for Hamilton in Austin would automatically end Rosberg’s challenge without regard of where the German finished.

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