F1: Lewis Hamilton targets Russian treble


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Lewis Hamilton is determined to win his third successive Russian Grand Prix this weekend as he looks to close the gap on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the Formula One drivers’ standings.

The three-time world champion has endured a frustrating start to the 2016 campaign having followed up second and third in Australia and Bahrain respectively with a seventh-placed finish in China last time out after being forced to start the race from the back of the grid.

In the meantime, Rosberg has hit the ground running by following up his three wins at the end of last season by claiming comfortable victories in this year’s opening three Grands Prix.

The German currently leads Hamilton by 36 points so the 31-year-old is keen to stop the gap being extended at Sochi on Sunday. It is only the third Grand Prix to take place in Russia and Hamilton is looking to complete the hat-trick having been denied similar feats in Bahrain and China by Rosberg.

“There was plenty going through my head after China, as you’d expect,” said the Brit.

“But, after all these years, experience has taught me to stay calm and keep pushing forwards when I get knocked back. I’ve been here before a few times now. Adversity is part of the journey.

“There are lots of positives to carry into the next battle. If nothing else, I know after these first few races that I can still overtake.

“Hamilton is 2.15 to win his third successive F1 drivers’ championship this year, while he can be backed at 2.20 to win the Russian Grand Prix.

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