Hamilton vows to stay aggressive at F1 Japanese GP
Lewis Hamilton said he will not temper his aggressive racing
style at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix despite crashing out of
the past two Formula One races while attempting ambitious passing
Consecutive non-finishes mean the McLaren driver has dropped to
third in the drivers’ championship standings with 182 points – 20
behind leader Mark Webber of Red Bull with four races left.
The sharp drop does not put a title out of reach for the English
driver, who seized the points lead after winning the Canadian Grand
Prix in June before his slip.
”I’m looking at all the races, taking a step back and trying to
see how I can improve,” Hamilton said Thursday. ”You could just
drive around and not pass anyone but that’s not me and that’s not
going to happen.”
Hamilton’s McLaren teammate Jenson Button is fifth in the
standings and still in contention. But the McLaren duo have scored
just 81 points over five races since Germany, while Red Bull and
Ferrari have taken 134 and 154 respectively.
Despite the recent setbacks, Hamilton said he wasn’t giving up
on the championship race.
”There are still four races to go,” Hamilton said. ”Looking
back at this season and knowing how fast things can change, I still
feel optimistic so I’m going to work as hard as I can to finish
Hamilton was knocked out of the Singapore Grand Prix after a
mid-race collision with Webber, seriously damaging his chances for
”You have to race sensibly and avoid incidents,” Hamilton
said. ”But when you are racing wheel-to-wheel, incidents happen. I
don’t think what happened in Singapore was anything unusual. That’s
With a figure-eight layout and multiple challenging curves,
Suzuka is a difficult test for drivers.
”There is a lot of downforce here,” Hamilton said. ”Probably
more opportunity to overtake and there is a lot of overtaking here
especially when its wet, which it could be on Sunday.”
Hamilton finished third in last year’s race at Suzuka, won by
Webber’s teammate Sebastian Vettel. The McLaren driver said he
expects another strong performance from Red Bull.
”Red Bull is going to be tough to beat,” Hamilton said. ”But
we are pushing hard so hopefully, we can close the gap on