Hamilton vows to ‘hold nothing back’ in title run-in

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Lewis Hamilton says he will “be holding nothing back out there” in his title fight with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, as he travels to Austin for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton enters the last four races of the season 33 points adrift of series leader Rosberg. This means that even if the triple world champion wins all the remaining events, he will need his rival to finish outside the top two a couple of times to seal a fourth crown.

“We've got four races left to make the most of it and that's exactly what I plan to do,” Hamilton said. “It's just about hitting every race weekend as hard as I can, going all out for every win and seeing what happens from there. I'll be holding nothing back out there.”

This weekend sees the 31-year-old return to the scene where he claimed his third world title, with the Briton beating Rosberg in a thrilling wet-to-dry contest at the Circuit of the Americas 12 months ago.

Hamilton, who spends a lot of time in America in between races, plans to rely on the strong form he has shown in Austin since the inaugural F1 race held at COTA in 2012.

“We're back in the States - which is like a second home race for me these days. I love the country, the culture, the people and the track, so I can't wait to get started.

“I’ve got some great memories from Austin, with three wins from four races and, of course, the title win last year. That was one of the highlights of my career, no doubt.

“It's almost like the American fans have adopted me as their own, so I'll try to channel all of that positive energy into this weekend.”

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