Hamilton refuses to give up on title hopes
27 June 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has refused to give up on his title hopes as the British Grand Prix approaches, although the Briton admits it will be "very difficult" to catch current leader Sebastian Vettel, who sits 55 points ahead in the standings.
Speaking in the drivers' press conference at Silverstone on Thursday, Hamilton talked up the performance levels of key rivals Ferrari and Red Bull, but claimed that his team will do everything in its powers to cut the gap over the course of the next 12 races.
"It’s quite a big deficit," the 2008 World Champion explained. "It’s going to be very difficult, but we won’t give up. We’re there or thereabouts. Ferrari and Red bull are extremely quick, but it’s not impossible to catch them. We’ll keep pushing."
Hamilton added that he expects Silverstone to pose more degradation challenges, but believes his team is constantly making minor improvements on the tyre front.
"I’m not expecting us to have an easy weekend," he said. "We’ve definitely made a small improvement, but I don’t think it’ll be enough to come out ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull. We’ve developed components to help with the tyres, so I hope they’ll help."