Lewis Hamilton says his title hopes are 'hanging by a thread' after he failed to finish the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton's second DNF of the season saw him lose the championship lead going into the brief summer shutdown, with victory for Mark Webber allowing the Australian to move ahead of the Briton in the standings.
McLaren has struggled for pace against both Red Bull and Ferrari in recent races and while the team's factory has now closed for a two-week break – as it has to under F1 regulations – but Hamilton insisted that he would be pushing the team as hard as possible when it returns to work.
“I feel it's just as much my job to kick them as it is for them to kick me,” he told Reuters
. “But if anyone can do it, we can.
"It's going to be very hard, these seven races. We're holding on by a thin thread at the moment. If Red Bull continue with the pace they have, then we really don't have a huge hope. But I do believe that we can catch them."
Hamilton added that the break has come at a good time for McLaren as it can now take stock of where it currently is in relation to its rivals and then come out fighting when the season resumes at Spa.
"It's probably happening at the right time for us to step back, take a breather, and say 'Okay', to assess the situation," he said. “When you're in the midst of the tension, and the stress and the pressure, there are some things you miss.”