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Hamilton vows to push hard

Lewis Hamilton vows to fight 'harder than ever' to reclaim the F1 points lead from Red Bull rival Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton has vowed to push hard through the remainder of the season as he looks to secure his second F1 title.

Hamilton lost the championship lead after retiring from the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and sits five points behind Mark Webber with five races still to run.

The McLaren driver accepted full responsibility for the incident at Monza that saw him hit the Ferrari of Felipe Massa on the opening lap but said he was now looking to put the incident behind him and push on with his bid for the title.

“It's one of those experiences that happens in motor racing sometimes,” he said on his personal website. “It's always so disappointing, because your adrenalin is really flowing and then, immediately, it gets cut short right when you're in the heat of battle. But, like I say, these things happen - it's not the first time my race has ended on the first lap, and it probably won't be the last, unfortunately.

“I've had two non-finishes and one win in the last three races - and, while that's not bad, it does mean that I lost points to some of the other drivers in the hunt for the title. And those results aren't enough to get me the title. I'll keep pushing. I'll take each race as it comes, but I'll also be making sure I get to the finish of the next five races - that's more important than anything. I go to Singapore to win.”

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh had told Hamilton not to change his approach in the aftermath of the event, and the Briton said he welcomed the support, he also revealed that he felt he owed it to the team to bounce back strongly from the Italian GP retirement.

“Of course, because it's nice to hear about the support you get,” he said. “But, in other ways, it actually goes without saying as I couldn't really ask for more support from my team - I know they're always behind me.

“You feel like you've let the team down when you have a bad result, so I'll be fighting harder than ever for the rest of the season.”



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