After collisions that ended his race in the last two Grands Prix, Lewis Hamilton faced questions in today’s press conference about whether he needs to take fewer risks to ensure he finishes races and scores points.
Here’s what he had to say:
As drivers we are always on the ragged edge. We are always trying to gain position whilst staying safe.
Some of us are more aggressive than others in those positions. Some people do a lot less overtaking than others.
You just try to keep out of trouble. It is not easy. Racing is racing and there are racing incidents every now and then, so that is to be expected.
I think I have had a pretty good string of races in my Formula One career. I have scored a lot of points in only four years, so it is not all so bad.
Asked if, after Singapore, he felt his championship hopes were fading, he said:
I think at the time I clearly had quite a few tough races with the failure in Hungary, and then we had a win, and then we had two DNFs, so it was just after two tough races.
I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós very easy to get your emotions mixed up with your thought process, but I think after coming away from it, there are still four races to go and looking back at the history of the sport and looking back particularly at this season and seeing how close it still is, after many people made mistakes and certain situations, it clearly shows that it isn?óÔé¼Ôäót impossible to win.
I still feel very optimistic. I still know that clearly I have a tough job ahead of me and it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be tough for all of us but I feel that I have as good an opportunity as anyone and so I?óÔé¼Ôäóm going to work as hard as I can to make sure that I finish the races. Generally, when I finish races it?óÔé¼Ôäós not so bad, so fingers crossed that that will be the case.
He denied that he would tone down his aggressive approach in future races:
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm clearly looking at all of the races that I?óÔé¼Ôäóve done and looking at how my approach has been and trying to evaluate and try to take a step back and try to see it as something I can improve on, of course. It?óÔé¼Ôäós difficult to pinpoint one particular part. Of course, I could go and drive around and not overtake anyone and just stay in position, that?óÔé¼Ôäós easy enough but that?óÔé¼Ôäós not me, so that definitely won?óÔé¼Ôäót be happening.
I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think this race will be particularly more crucial than the next three races. I think they?óÔé¼Ôäóre all very important to score maximum points. Clearly, if I had finished the last three races or the three races that I?óÔé¼Ôäóve missed, I?óÔé¼Ôäód be in a much stronger position but that?óÔé¼Ôäós life and there?óÔé¼Ôäós nothing I can do about it. I can?óÔé¼Ôäót go back and change it; all I can do is try to recover and try to apply myself in the most productive way towards my team and towards myself and towards the racing.
My plan, of course, is not to arrive at weekends and see how hard my team works and let them down and let my family down, or let my friends down or let myself down. So I?óÔé¼Ôäóm doing as much as I can. I hope that this weekend is a stronger weekend. I feel good about it, so we will see.
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