Lewis Hamilton has vowed to bounce back from the criticism he had faced during the 2011 F1 season after admitting he needs to try and avoid getting caught up in incidents on track.
Hamilton has been at the centre of a number of incidents this year, such as in Canada where he clashed with team-mate Jenson Button and then in Singapore where he collided with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa.
As a result, the 2008 title winner has faced a barrage of criticism over his driving this season, but he insisted he was doing all he could to avoid being caught up in further incidents on track.
"I'm trying my best to avoid those things but I've been in awkward positions this year," he told the BBC
in Japan. "I'm trying my hardest. I'm still here, still fighting, and I'm not giving up.
"Obviously I'd like to be winning and doing a better job. Am I in the best place in my life? No, there's been a lot of negative stories. But what's most important is still I rise, I'm here, fighting again, I'm here in front of all the cameras and media regardless of how many negative stories there are and I'm here to fight another day."
Hamilton refused to criticise the officials who have hit him with numerous penalties over the course of the season and said the incidents he has been caught up in have simply been part and parcel of racing.
"I don't see anyone else having the problems that I'm having," he said. "But I don't see many people achieving the same things I have. When we're in the drivers briefing we just speak about wanting consistency [with penalties]. For whatever reason I've had more penalties than most people but I'll continue to take them on the chin as and when they come.
"It's just been unfortunate. When things go that quickly, sometimes you get it wrong. What people need to understand is that when you're driving a Formula 1 car there is not one second that you drive that is the same next time around. You are juggling tons of balls and sometimes you drop one of them. You can drop the ball that gets you a penalty and I just seem to be dropping that particular ball quite often."