Hamilton hopeful of bouncing back
17 September 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he is fully focused on bouncing back at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, the Briton having endured a trying Monza event.
After a shock elimination from the second phase of qualifying, Hamilton went on to finish the Italian race in ninth position, a result that saw him fall to 81 points [more than three race victories] adrift of Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel in the standings.
But with seven races remaining and 175 points still up for grabs, the former World Champion hopes Singapore will mark somewhat of a turning point for his team.
"We've had a tough couple of weekends in Belgium and Italy but I know that everyone at the team is determined to bounce back and make the most of the opportunities over the last seven races of the season," said Hamilton, who claimed his first victory for Mercedes in Hungary, but was unable to fight for the win in Belgium or Italy.
Nico Rosberg, who enjoyed a slightly smoother Italian Grand Prix weekend en route to a sixth place finish, shared his team-mate's enthusiasm: "The track should suit our car so I hope we can have a good weekend there. My best finish in Singapore to date has been second place back in 2008 and, of course, I would love to improve on that!"
Mercedes occupies third in the Constructors' standings, three points behind Ferrari.