Hamilton facing 'pretty impossible odds' in F1 decider

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Lewis Hamilton concedes he faces "pretty impossible odds" if he is to retain his Formula One drivers' title in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Hamilton trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 12 points heading into the final race of the season, with the German simply needing to finish on the podium to wrap up a maiden F1 crown.

And while the Briton arrives in Abu Dhabi on the back of three consecutive victories, he knows the title race is in Rosberg's hands.

"It's not been a perfect season and I'm faced with pretty impossible odds no matter what I do this weekend," he said. "But I can't and won't give up.

"You never know what might happen - however unlikely it may seem.

"I'll be proud of myself and what I've achieved as long as I feel I've given my all and performed at my best.

"And, whatever happens, I'm proud of everyone who's been a part of the success we've shared over the past few years.

"I'm approaching this weekend the same as I do every race. I want to win and I'll give it everything to finish the season on a high."