Lewis Hamilton has backtracked on his claims that his hopes of securing the 2011 F1 title are over after he dropped further points to Sebastian Vettel in the European Grand Prix.

Fourth place for the McLaren driver, along with a sixth win in eight starts for Vettel, means the 2008 title winner is now 89 points away from the championship lead after just eight races, with eleven more still to come before the end of the campaign.

Following the race, Hamilton all but conceded that his title hopes were over, with the gap to Vettel being so big that Hamilton has no chance of getting on level terms with the champion until at least Spa in August - and even then the Red Bull driver would need to score hardly any points in the three races before F1 arrives in Belgium.

However, despite his earlier comments [See separate story HERE, Hamilton has now backtracked on his post-race quotes by insisting his title hopes are still very much alive heading into the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

"To all our supporters, ignore what u read in the papers today," the Briton wrote on his Twitter page. "My team will never give up & I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

"Bring on Silverstone, ur support will make a world of difference to us. I'm going to the factory now to do all I can with our team. Lewis."

Hamilton has one victory to his name so far this season in China, but has only finished on the podium three times in total through the opening eight races of the year.

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