Reigning F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, arrives in Sao Paulo this week knowing he has it all to do in the final two rounds of the season if he has any hope of retaining his crown going into the 2017 season.
After winning in Mexico, the points gap to his Mercedes teammate is reducing, however, if Nico wins in Brazil on Sunday, the game is over and Lewis will be forced to settle for number two, as he his teammate has done repeatedly over the past few years.
Lewis had a tough start to the season with a lot of reliability woes while Rosberg managed to capitalize on his teammate’s bad luck to pull out a strong lead. Hamilton did manage to get that lead back before the mid season break, however, Nico came back from holidays in fine form and soon reclaimed top spot.
Even if Hamilton does all he can and takes his third victory in a row on Sunday afternoon, it won’t be enough to win, just keep him in the fight for the final race of the season in two weeks time.
“It’s a great feeling when you're able to show the kind of pace I've shown at the past two races. Everyone has worked so hard and the car has really been faultless. The speed has been there all season - I just haven't always had the opportunity to take advantage of it,” he said.
“In terms of the Championship, it's an unusual scenario to be in - fighting for something and not knowing for sure that what you do will guarantee you're able to make it. One outcome would be painful and the other would be a great achievement.”
“Regardless, I'm going to keep pushing. Since the beginning of my Formula One career I've seen that everything can change even at the very last moment, so you have to fight to the bitter end. I've never won in Brazil, so I go into this weekend focused on changing that.”