OCTOBER 21, 2016
Hamilton behaving better before Austin GP
Lewis Hamilton said ahead of the US grand prix that he will "try to take it like a man" if he is beaten to the 2016 world championship.
Now 33 points behind Nico Rosberg with four races to go, the reigning world champion caused a stir at Suzuka with his press conference antics, but he was in better form for the international media at Austin.
"This time, he behaved like a man," Bild journalist Helmut Uhl said after the FIA press conference.
Indeed, Hamilton continued to use his iPhone during the conference, but he made obvious efforts to be more polite.
"I just took a picture just now, I waited for everyone to finish their questions and their answers," he said.
Hamilton, who even if he wins every remaining race this year may still not win the title, may now be adjusting to the fact that 2016 is not his year.
"You can't win them all," said the back-to-back title winner.
"Look at all the world champions in the past who've won championships and lost championships, it is part of the game."
He also said he is recovered from the running injury that caused him to miss the Pirelli test, and played down the fact that several journalists have been blocked from seeing his Twitter account.
"I don't actually manage every single part of my social media," Hamilton answered. "I have a couple of other people that do.
"Our general approach is that if you see something, see someone generally talking smack then you kind of cut it."