Lewis Hamilton sends defiant message after Max Verstappen title battle setback

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to keep fighting to make history despite losing even more ground to Max Verstappen in the F1 title race.

The pair have swapped places regularly at the top of the drivers' standings throughout the 2021 season, but the Dutchman's recent form has put him in a strong position at the business end of the campaign.

His 19-point lead over Hamilton is far from unassailable, but it does represent a fairly large challenge for the Briton with only four races to go after finishing second-best again at the Mexican Grand Prix.

The 36-year-old is seeking a record eighth F1 world title, while his younger rival Verstappen is gunning for his maiden championship success.

Ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton has taken to social media to post a defiant motivational message and assure fans he has not given up hope of a comeback.

"Good morning world. I hope this new week brings you happiness and provides you with proof that you are on the right path," he wrote.

"Whether things are good or bad, trust that you will come away fighting and that you will overcome whatever it may be.

"Know that all of your time, patience and hard work will pay off. Stay positive and don’t let up! You got this, I believe in you."

Races are now coming thick and fast with just a month left of the current season.

Before rounding off the campaign with three races in the Middle East, the paddock heads to Sao Paulo to race at one of F1's most iconic venues.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has pledged his team will "throw everything" at the race in Interlagos, but admits Red Bull will be favourites once again at another track high above sea level.

"We're excited to be returning to Brazil, the fans are so passionate and Interlagos is such an iconic circuit," the Austrian said in his preview notes.

"It's not been our strongest track in recent seasons and has tended to suit Red Bull more, but this year has proved anything can happen. It's the last sprint race weekend, too, which opens up more opportunity.

"We'll be throwing everything we've got at the Brazilian Grand Prix and the races beyond.

"We're privileged to still be in the fight so late in the season and expect these titles to go right down to the wire, with both teams fighting hard to the very last lap.

"We've got some catching up to do and know it'll be an intense battle, but we'll continue to push hard and keep our eyes firmly set on the end goal."

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