Lewis Hamilton says he is 'more motivated than ever' to fight back into contention for the F1 title after a recent run of poor form put the McLaren driver on the back foot.
The former champion has retired from three of the last four races and despite winning in Belgian, has now dropped to third in the championship standings – 20 points behind Red Bull driver Mark Webber and nine down on Fernando Alonso.
With just four races left this season, Hamilton now faces a huge fight if he is to take a second championship crown but the Briton said he wasn't thinking about what has gone before and was fully focused on battling back into contention.
“Clearly, it's not been a good run of results, but I don't look at those races and think what might have been, or what additional points I might have if I'd finished,” he said in a Q&A on his personal website. “There's no point. You just need to look at the situation facing you, and work your hardest to do your best.
"I don't look at my retirements in Spain, or Hungary, or in the last two races as what's been lost. I'm just looking ahead at the next four races - I haven't won at any of those tracks, so I'll be even more motivated than ever to make amends for that."
Hamilton also insisted that he didn't feel his championship challenge is at an end and that 20 points was nothing – in stark contrast to his comments after the race when he said that a 20 point deficit to Webber would make the rest of the season difficult.
"Absolutely not,” he replied when asked if he didn't think 2010 would be his year. “I spoke with the team on Sunday night, and we looked at things in their proper perspective: I'm still third overall in the points table, and I'm 20 points off the championship leader.
“That's still less than a race win - it's easy to get disheartened by being 20 points away, because it sounds such a lot, but under last year's rules, that's only about eight points - and to be eight points off with four races left is nothing really."