Lewis Hamilton says he won’t change his approach to racing despite failing to finish the last two races following contact with other cars.
He told his official website:
I’m a racer. I always race my heart out, and nothing will ever change that.
Having looked back on the collisions with Felipe Massa and Mark Webber he feels he is unlucky to have come off worst in both encounters:
You just have to put it behind you. And there were different circumstances behind each incident.
I’ve already said that I was probably a bit too opportunistic in Monza; but, in Singapore, I’ve seen the replay and I was half a car-length ahead of Mark, and on the racing line.
It’s just very frustrating that in Italy, I tapped the car in front and it broke my front suspension, and in Singapore, the car behind tapped me and punctured my tyre. I’ve been unlucky both times.
On Sunday night, I was obviously exceptionally disappointed – it’s always difficult to get your head around things when you’ve just retired from a Grand Prix – and it takes time to come to terms with that.
Clearly, it’s not been a good run of results, but I don’t look at those races and think what might have been, or what additional points I might have if I’d finished. There’s no point. You just need to look at the situation facing you, and work your hardest to do your best.
So I don’t look at my retirements in Spain, or Hungary, or in the last two races as what’s been lost. I’m just looking ahead at the next four races – I haven’t won at any of those tracks, so I’ll be even more motivated than ever to make amends for that.
The last four races have turned his 14-point lead in the championship after the German Grand Prix into a 20-points deficit.
But he still believes he can take the title this year and said his is not dishearted by failing to score in three of the last four rounds:
Absolutely not. I spoke with the team on Sunday night, and we looked at things in their proper perspective: I’m still third overall in the points table, and I’m 20 points off the championship leader.
That’s still less than a race win – it’s easy to get disheartened by being 20 points away, because it sounds such a lot, but under last year’s rules, that’s only about eight points – and to be eight points off with four races left is nothing really.
2010 Singapore Grand Prix
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- 2010 Singapore Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
- Who was the best driver of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)
- Fourth win of 2010 is Alonso’s best yet (Ferrari race review)
- Poor pace and another Hamilton DNF hits title hopes (McLaren race review)
- Webber has champion’s luck but lacks Vettel’s pace (Red Bull race review)