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Lewis Hamilton: Ecclestone’s doube-point rule ‘sucks’

CRITICISM: Hamilton (PA)

BRITISH SPEED ace Lewis Hamilton is within touching distance of claiming his second world championship but he has hit out at F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone for changing the final race to double-point scoring.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver said the new situation would “suck” if the new system meant he misses out on winning the title, which ends with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix where 50 points are on offer to the victor, instead of the normal 25.

F1 bosses altered the scoring system with the aim of making the final race more open and exciting, however, Stevenage-born Hamilton has questioned whether that would be fair considering his consistent performances over the season in which he has won nine races to second-placed Nico Rosberg, who has only achieved victory four times.

There are three GPs left, including this weekend’s race in the US, and Hamilton currently sits at top of the table with 291 points, 17 ahead of his German rival and Mercedes team-mate Rosberg.

Hamilton said: “The question is what is fair.

“This is a rule they have brought in for the first time. It is the way it is and we have to deal with it and hope for the best but it would suck if I lost it there [Abu Dhabi].

“But I am not going to let any negative energy into this and what will be, will be. It is a decision that was taken and everyone will be in the same boat.”

He added: “People say you get to the last race, all the work you have done through the season, and then you don’t get off the line or your car goes on fire in qualifying.

“You never know what is going to happen but I have been there before and I know what it is like to go to the last race and lose the championship and that is not an energy I want.

“I don’t feel that is going to happen. The car has been going great for the last four races and I hope it will be great for the final three.”

Hamilton last won the title in 2008, his only championship to date. If he wins any of the last three remaining GPs, the former McLaren driver will go into the history books as being the British racer with the most GP wins, ahead of Nigel Mansell's 31 victories.

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