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Hamilton seeks to divert attention from F1s problems
The 29-year-old Briton leads Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany by 17 points with three races remaining, and 100 points available, as he sets himself to claim his 10th win of the season at the Circuit of the Americas. Close and often acrimonious struggle with Rosberg, Hamilton knows he cannot relax, notably because next month's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is worth double points. That means Rosberg will retain a mathematical title chance if he is within 50 points of the Englishman after the next two races in America and Brazil. Hamilton came away from the Russian Grand Prix on October 12 with 241 points to Rosberg's 174. Rosberg has no intention of giving up and any fans disgruntled at the absences of the Marussia and Caterham teams from the grid will at least be assured of a potentially ferocious scrap for glory at the front of Sunday's race. "It's still all to play for in the battle for the drivers' championship and I won't be giving up the fight until the flag drops in Abu Dhabi," said Rosberg. Both teams are under administration and may not race again this year. At the other end of the paddock, there is a more optimistic mood engendered by the upbeat approach of Australian Daniel Ricciardo, winner of three races this year, who is relishing his return to the United States with Red Bull.

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