Hamilton backtracks on title stance
9 September 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has backtracked on the comments he made directly after the Italian Grand Prix, injecting fresh hope into his championship challenge.
Having crossed the line in ninth position, the Briton had told media that his chances were over after a "disaster of a weekend" at Monza, with a deficit of 81 points [more than three race victories] standing between himself and title leader Sebastian Vettel.
But after reflecting on the situation with his engineers, Hamilton altered his stance and has vowed not to give up over the remaining seven races of the campaign.
"When I got out of the car I was angry, and definitely thought that would be it," said the 2008 World Champion. But I've been back with my engineers and I'm not giving up. I basically need to win every race, which is the tallest order, but I can do nothing but try."
Hamilton reiterated his hope that the upcoming races will better suit the Mercedes package, having shown better pace at high downforce circuits this season.
"Our car was good in Hungary when we had higher downforce, and we'll have that in Singapore where we can hope for improvements," he said. "I hope we'll be strong, get some more wins. I wish it was a closer battle at the front. It's a shame it is like it is."