Lewis Hamilton reflects that losing this year's Formula 1 championship to his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg would be hard to swallow. Hamilton lost his winning form after the F1's summer break and he also had engine blowout when leading the Malaysian Grand Prix.
But in the past two races in the United States and Mexico, the Briton was victorious and he kept his title hopes alive. Now, there are only two races remaining in this year's F1 calendar.
Nico Rosberg leads Hamilton by 19 points. Even if the Briton wins both the remaining GPs, the German can still claim the title with second and third place finishes.
Hamilton said, "I don't know how you can prepare for losing. I don't think you can prepare to lose, even though I've experienced it before."
Back in 2007, Hamilton lost the title in his debut year to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who turned around a 17-point deficit in the final two rounds.
The reigning champion added, "I know it this year won't be as painful as then. I've lost many races and championships through my career, so it's not like I haven't experienced it.
"Right now I'm in a scenario where I know there is more of a chance I will lose it than I'll win it. It's hard to swallow, but it is what it is. Life will move on, I will move on. I've still got three, so...I just really hope next year I don't have reliability problems."
"It's great to be performing as I know I can perform, not having car problems, and being able to show the pace out there in the last two races," Hamilton added.
"It's a great feeling to be able to do that, but I'm fighting for something and I don't really know if I'll be able to make it.It's definitely an unusual scenario to be in, so I've just got to push all the way to the end.
He concluded, "One way it can be painful, another way it can be a great thing, but all I know is, the right to the last minute, things can change, so that's why I can't give up."