Lewis Hamilton: “I have never run away from a fight”

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Although Lewis Hamilton admits winning the 2021 title will be “a tall order”, he says him and Mercedes “are going to give everything” to make sure they do.

Lewis Hamilton is currently sitting 32 points behind Max Verstappen in the championship standings, while Mercedes is 44 points behind Red Bull.

With the Austrian team seemingly unstoppable, the Briton admits it will be hugely challenging to win the title this year. However, he is ready to take on the challenge.

“It’s what I dream of and am working towards,” Hamilton told BBC Radio 5.

“I am massively driven. But it’s a tall order. Their performance has gone a little bit out of reach but we are working as hard as we can to close back up.

“When a challenge comes up, I face it head on. I have never run away from a fight.

“When we entered this season and we saw the challenge we had on, it was like, ‘Game on, love this, this is what we live for.’ It has been exciting.”

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Hamilton goes on to explain how 2021 rule changes affected Mercedes more than they did some other teams.

“These rules have impacted us massively. We have had the engine scenario changed last year when we lost qualifying mode and then this new rule shift has hit us hardest.

“We are doing the best we can. The cost cap has come in, which has made it even harder for development.

“All I know is that, whatever the outcome, there has been an immense amount of growth and I am going to be here for longer than this year.

“It is not going to be the end of the world if we don’t but we are going to give everything to make sure that we do,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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