Lewis Hamilton insists his approach through the remainder of the season – starting with next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix – won't change despite the fact he now sees himself out of contention for the 2011 F1 title.
Hamilton finished fourth in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and is now 126 points behind Sebastian Vettel with a maximum of 150 available.
With his championship hopes all but at an end, Hamilton's focus for the remainder of the season is now on trying to secure as many victories as possible, with his first chance coming next weekend in F1's annual night race.
Having crashed out last year, Hamilton will now hope to return to the kind of form that saw him win the race back in 2009 and he admitted that the street circuit was one he enjoyed.
“I love street circuits and I really enjoy this place – it's almost two tracks in one,” he said. “There are quite a few fast corners, which require good set-up and a bit of commitment, but there are also lots of tighter 90-degree bends, which are slower and more technical. You've got to keep it precise through these and just be patient, waiting for the tyres to bite before getting on the throttle. If you're impatient, then you end up losing time because you over-stress the tyres and you over-drive the car.
“Still, I'll really be pushing for a good result next weekend. I think we had a car capable of winning in both Belgium and Italy, so I really want to make sure we arrive in Singapore with a good set-up, and that we're able to run with it through practice and qualifying. If it all goes to plan, we should be in good shape on Sunday.
“Even though the title is now almost out of reach I'll be pushing hard for the best possible result. I will never give up and I'll be driving to win as always.”
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh said he expected the Singapore race to be full of action, and said he felt the event was one that is quickly establishing itself on the F1 calendar.
“We go to Singapore feeling very encouraged about our performance potential,” he said. “I also think we're set to continue the trend we've witnessed so far this season, with DRS enlivening races that hitherto would have been somewhat processional.
“In just a few years, the Singapore Grand Prix has become a classic Formula 1 event – the circuit and facilities are truly world-class and the setting and atmosphere of the race make it one of the jewels of the calendar.
“If circuits like Spa, Silverstone, Monza and Monaco represent the epitome of classic Formula 1, then a circuit such as Marina Bay has, I think, quickly established itself as one of the sport's modern wonders and greatest success stories.”