Hamilton not giving up on title hopes
26 August 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is not yet giving up on his hopes of fighting for the 2013 title, but admits the task is becoming increasingly difficult after Sebastian Vettel claimed a dominant Belgian Grand Prix victory and extended his points lead.
A win in Hungary had seemed to mark a turning point for the Silver Arrows, with Hamilton able to maintain front-running pace throughout. But Sunday's race offered less encouragement, the team's long-run speed behind that of Red Bull and Ferrari.
"There's nothing you can do," Hamilton told BBC Sport. "It's difficult when people pull away from you and there is nothing you can do. But we have had some really strong races and we've been competing with him and we have finished ahead of him in the past so it doesn't mean we can't do that in these next races. But it is getting closer and closer to the point where we need to be finishing ahead every time to close that gap."
Having acknowledged the uphill challenge ahead, the 2008 World Champion expanded upon his thoughts made after Sunday's Grand Prix, stating that he is looking forward to tackling the final sequence of flyaway races which feature higher downforce levels more akin to those seen at the Hungaroring circuit.
"At Spa and Monza, you get a downforce package and you're kind of stuck with it," he added. "It either has or hasn't worked. You may improve in the next race or be in the same position. We won't be any worse. Then afterwards we'll have the high-downforce package we had in the previous races but hopefully it should be improved again. So I'm hoping we'll be more competitive from then on."