Despite odds, Hamilton not ready to throw in the towel
Lewis Hamilton has admitted he would love to see Mark Webber emerge victorious in this year's Formula One World title race if he cannot claim the championship for himself.
Hamilton needs a win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and at the same time must hope Ferrari star Fernando Alonso fails to score and Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel do not secure the few points they would need.
It is no wonder Hamilton is a 100/1 outsider with most bookmakers as only a remarkable final day will see him crowned Champion again.
Naturally, Hamilton is refusing to give up, but given the circumstances, he is rooting for Webber given the struggles he has faced at Red Bull this season, and despite their collision in the Singapore Grand Prix that cost the 25-year-old valuable points.
"I'd like to see Mark win it. He's done a great job this year," said Hamilton, when asked for his personal preference.
"He has been told by his team what position he is, and against adversity he has kept at it.
"I think he has done an awesome job. I'm quite impressed with what he has done.
"Vettel has obviously been incredibly quick and Fernando has done a good, solid job towards the end of the year, so it could go to any of them.
"But Mark's done pretty much everything right this year - apart from our little tangle."
Hamilton, though, will give it all he has in Abu Dhabi, warning his trio of rivals he has no intention of stepping aside and letting them fight it out amongst themselves.
"I don't really give a damn about any of those three," added Hamilton.
"At the end of the day I've still a shot at it, so I will try to win.
"They've lots more to lose than I have, so I won't be looking out for them, letting them past or anything like that.
"I'm going to Abu Dhabi to try to win, even though we don't have the fastest car at the moment, so it's going to be very difficult.
"But I could be riding in fourth and all three of them might not finish. Anything could happen."