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Hamilton still optimistic

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 00:53

Mercedes F1 driver Lewish Hamilton is still looking forward to success in the drivers' championship.

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= includes white flashes = SHOWS: BRIXWORTH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON SAYING: "All the races I've won, all the championships I've won have been powered by all these guys so it's an amazing part… to be a part of this team; I'm very, very proud and to be here to celebrate when the weather is good here in England is very rare. It's just remarkable what they've done." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON SAYING: "Just looking forward. We've still got four races to go. I've got an incredible amount of support and we want to finish off strongly for all these guys here and for the guys back at Brackley who have been working so hard all these years and that's the goal." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON SAYING: "I think it's just important to be here to celebrate with everyone. This is.. All the success we've had as a team this year, last year, the year before and as I said all my wins that I've had, even pole positions, all the success I've had - podiums - has been powered by these guys so it's important to be here as a whole unit." STORY: Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton celebrated Mercedes winning a third consecutive F1 Constructors' Championship on Tuesday (October 11) when they met staff at the Formula One team's High Performance Powertrains centre in Brixworth, UK. Rosberg won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday (October 10) to extend his lead over team mate Hamilton by 33 points and close in on a maiden world championship title. Hamilton has not won since the German Grand Prix at the end of July, while Rosberg has won four of the five races since. Nevertheless, the Briton had been on course to take back the overall lead until his engine blew in Malaysia. Hamilton struggled in Japan before recovering to third and has also hit out at some of the media for being "disrespectful" after he was shown using his 'phone during a pre-race news conference. On Tuesday, Hamilton wouldn't talk about that, only saying that he was pleased to celebrate the constructors title with the Mercedes staff and he is now focussed on Austin. "All the races I've won, all the championships I've won, have been powered by all these guys, so it's an amazing part, to be a part of this team; I'm very, very proud and to be here to celebrate when the weather is good here in England is very rare. It's just remarkable what they've done," Hamilton said. "Just looking forward. We've still got four races to go. I've got an incredible amount of support and we want to finish off strongly for all these guys here and for the guys back at Brackley (headquarters) who have been working so hard all these years and that's the goal."

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Hamilton still optimistic

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 00:53