While the permutations have all been offered in some social media tickling ways like text, video and even infograms, the reality is we’ve all been saying Lewis just needs to finish 2nd place should Nico win the race. That’s all he needs to do. The two Mercedes cars will most likely have the advantage so cruising to a 2nd place takes the title should Nico win, don’t do anything silly.

That isn’t the mindset that Lewis Hamilton is entering this weekend with, not by a long shot. Hamilton doesn’t race to finish second. That ultra-competitive spirit has cost him races in the past but it also is what former McLaren team boss, Martin Whitmarsh, described as a true “racer” and they wouldn’t have changed that in Hamilton in the slightest.

Lewis enters the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to win it…period. I’m sure mechanical troubles on dog-eared machinery does cross his mind but there is little he can do about that save driving with mechanical sympathy and he’s proven to do a better job of that this year than any in his career. Often times using less fuel than most of the other drivers in the process.

No, Lewis is here to win and so is Nico. That’s the measure of it as he told the BBC:

“I come into the weekend trying to win the race, like always. So nothing changes there,” Hamilton said.

“In terms of the pressure, I don’t really feel anything. I have been racing for 20 years to prepare for it.”

For Nico Rosberg’s part, he’s looking to win and needs a little help from Lewis in order to turn that win into a championship saying:

“It’s an intense weekend. I wouldn’t use the word pressure. Lewis is a great competitor and it will hopefully be a great end to the season.

“I’m here to try to win the race and I need a bit of help from Lewis that he doesn’t finish second.”

A mechanical issue or DNF would be beyond either driver’s complete control but should there be a slight hiccup and Lewis would follow Nico home in third while Rosberg stood on the top step, you can bet the chins will be wagging and vitriol offered on the entire notion of “more deserving” or “better driver” or other tweet-friendly diatribes to vent frustration.

If this were the same scenario back in 2013, Lewis would only need to finish 6th or better (IF Nico wins…and that’s an IF) but this year its different due to double points awarded for the last race. Rosberg could fall prey to the same mechanical gremlins that Lewis could so it is all relative. Even if the points system were not doubled this year for the last race, Lewis would still be showing up to win.

Hat Tip: BBC Sport

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F1derbar
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F1derbar

I just hope whichever one loses does so gracefully, they’ve both raced incredibly well this year.

runnah
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runnah

I hope they come together and both (safely)DNF.

This will give us all something to talk about during the off season.

dude
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dude

You could watch Formula E during the winter months.

runnah
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runnah

What a horrible thing to say!

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

December
V8 Supercars Sydney
Gulf 12 hours
Race of Champions
Formula E

January
ERC JannerRallye
24 Hours of Dubai
Dakar Rally
24 Hours of Daytona

February
Daytona 500
F1 testing
Sebring 12hr.

That should do for a start in the “offseason” :-)

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Where did I get February from for Sebring, Sebring is March, Bathurst 12hr is Feb.

Mike
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Mike

Thanks for the info Tom, regardless of the Feb/Mar Sebring, your list is incredibly helpful and a buffer for the ‘desert’ between Monday and March….this list and Heineken.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

You are welcome Mike, are other events too including Monte Carlo WRC in January and WEC next weekend too, but that will do for a start.

Enjoy the Heineken.

thefirst11
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thefirst11

don’t forget that next weekend is Tom Kristensen’s last ever race in the wec 29/11/2014-30/11/2014 (yep i am backwards DAMMED AUSTRALIANS!). Which is kind of a big deal.

jeff
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jeff

I love Hamilton’s public attitude and message here, but do hope he tempers it with some internal conservativeness. He is hard on his brakes/tires under braking, and particularly the gearbox downshifting, v. Rosberg. While to me Hamilton snatching a disc and hitting the wall is an aspect of racing and a legitimate outcome decider, a gearbox failure would suck. Like F1derbar, I too feel Rosberg and Hamilton have driven well enough to “deserve” the championship in isolation, but as Hamilton’s won double the races and his points-costing retirements have been mechanical rather than error-based, it’d be particularly unfortunate if deus… Read more »

Louis, Amsterdam
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Louis, Amsterdam

Yes, Lewis has been fast and strong in Abu Dhabi before and he rates the circuit as one of his favourites. I should expect him to win pole position in qualifying. I do think that he will be cautious and calculating in the race. If he would decide to sit and stay behind Rosberg in the race, that’s ok for me. I hope for a fight though between them!

mini696
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mini696

He says that, but I bet he won’t act like that. Lewis will settle for 2nd if thats how the race progresses.

mini696
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mini696

No-one can say that the double points hasn’t “spiced up the show”… Needing to finish 2nd instead of 6th is a MASSIVE difference. It has created talk (mostly negative) but any advertising is good advertising right?

Right???

I am not saying it’s good, it’s fake drama, but isn’t that what the kids like these days?

thefirst11
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thefirst11

for me fake drama is better then no drama. I think i am “The” fan of the double points. And my reason is due to the stakes involved in the race. i just wish that ricciardo was with in double points distance to swoop if Lewis and Niko collide.

Dany Bravo
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Dany Bravo

The last race is going to be very thrilling for championship title. From Practice to Race, a true F1 fan is not want to miss it. So check out to watch live from anywhere in the world on any device http://bit.ly/f1abu14

dude
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dude

Yeah, well I predict a boring processional race.