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Hamilton: Now is not the time to hold back - now is the time to fight!

As he heads to Japan on the back foot following successive accident-induced DNFs in Italy and Singapore, McLaren-Mercedes star and F1 2010 title protagonist Lewis Hamilton has vowed 'no holding back' from here on in
Former world champion Lewis Hamilton has come out all guns blazing ahead of this weekend's potentially pivotal Japanese Grand Prix, warning his F1 2010 title rivals that he will be 'holding nothing back' over the final four outings of what has been a truly nail-biting campaign, and admitting that 'Suzuka is unfinished business for me'.

Hamilton is arguably the driver most under pressure out of the crown-chasing quintet arriving in Japan, having tallied zero points from the last two races following costly comings-together with Felipe Massa at Monza and Mark Webber in Singapore.

Now a full 20 points adrift of world championship leader Webber and with Ferrari and Red Bull Racing seemingly having stolen a timely march on McLaren-Mercedes in terms of performance, the British star muses that there can be no backing off.

“The first two Japanese Grands Prix of my F1 career were held at Fuji Speedway,” the 25-year-old reflected. “While that's a great circuit, on arrival at Suzuka for the first time last year, it was clear that this was one of the great racetracks of the world. It's a real drivers' circuit – you need to be committed and precise to do well there,and there's no room for error either, [with] no tarmac run-off and all the barriers pretty close, so any mistake is going to hurt your chances big-time.

“It's also a place with a lot of history. Before I first went there, it was a place I always associated with [Ayrton] Senna and [Alain] Prost, and their incredible rivalry – but it only ever existed on the television screen. Walking the track for the first time, and knowing I was standing on the same spot of tarmac where two giants of the sport traded blows, was an exciting experience.

“Suzuka is very much unfinished business for me. I raced the best I could last year, but our car just wasn't fast enough. This year, I'm holding nothing back – I need a strong result to get my title hopes back on-track, and that will be my complete focus from the moment I first sit in the cockpit on Friday morning. Now is not the time to hold back; now is the time to fight!”



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The blob - Unregistered

October 07, 2010 9:20 AM

What's new? All this means that he's going to crash out again. He's got no chance in the championship because he has no BMT. He got a lucky packet championship after Ferrarri and Massa chucked away the title. He's not likely to win another one any time soon with the poor temperament he has. Go Webber!

Martin - Unregistered

October 06, 2010 4:12 PM

Great one for lewis haters here !! i'm glad he's going to go all out hopefully he has been watching rossi last weekend for ideas ! as a fan i'd rather see him crash and fail going all out than just trundle around collecting points. another dnf this weekend means its pretty much over i get that.hopefully he finishes high in the points and keeps the championship alive ! go lewis !



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