Hamilton: I will come back stronger after break
29 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says he will use Formula 1's summer break to "re-energise" himself and get even "fitter" in a bid to become a stronger driver for the final eight races of the season.
Hamilton looked to have regained the momentum after winning the British Grand Prix, but subsequent problems outside of his control in qualifying in Germany and Hungary – with a brake disc failure and a fuel leak respectively – left him facing tough damage-limitation drives.
Despite fighting back to third in both races, and beating team-mate and championship rival, Nico Rosberg, at the Hungaroring, he remains behind in the title race, with 11 points separating them.
"I think it has been a very challenging and trying and testing last two weeks," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.
"To be able to still keep myself together – I saw some of the stories written, which said I was going to crack under pressure or something like that – this hopefully shows that I am not.
"I am still in the fight and I am still raring to go. So this break will be good to re-energise, get fit; I'm very light but the car is lighter, so I can put a little bit of weight on over this break.
"But it will be muscle not fat and hopefully [I'll] come back stronger, physically and mentally."
Hamilton conceded, however, that technical issues could well decide who is crowned Champion this year.
"Ultimately it [reliability] is a concern because I have stopped more than him [Rosberg]," he added. "But there is still quite a few races to go and it will be telling, dependent on how...
"Obviously I've got the pace, got the ability, [it is] just really whether or not the car holds up."