Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says that it is unlikely that he will retain his world championship at Abu Dhabi, but has claimed that he won't give up as anything could happen. Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix last Sunday to make it his third straight win on the F1 circuit.

The win at Brazil, helped Hamilton lower Nico Rosberg's lead championship lead by 12 points. Despite the Brit's brilliant form, the German remains the clear favourite to clinch his first title as he has to make sure he finishes in the top three in the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi.

The three-time champion rued his bad luck but made it clear that he is the better man.

"I am happy that I beat everyone. I am happy that in the same car I am beating Nico and he is driving at his best right now. Nico had nothing on me. He is doing all he has to do. He has finished every race, not had problems, whereas I have", Hamilton said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"I am in an awkward position going into the last race. It doesn't really make a big difference if I go and drive like I do right now because I have already lost so much through the year. I don't give up because you never know what could happen, it is unlikely, but you never know what could happen", the defending champion added.

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Lewis Hamilton celebrating his win at the 2016 Brazil Grand Prix on 13 November getty

Hamilton comes into the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi with 355 points compared to teammate Rosberg who has 367 points to his name. Even a win for the Brit will not be enough for him to retain his title if Rosberg finishes in the top three at the Yas Marina Circuit come November 27.