Lewis Hamilton has said there can be no excuses this weekend on Korea as he looks to end his recent run of tough form, with the McLaren man admitting he needs to raise his game.
Hamilton hasn't been on the podium since the German Grand Prix and has dropped down to fifth in the championship standings, while team-mate Jenson Button has fought his way up to second on the back of five straight podium finishes.
If anything, Hamilton has found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons after a number of clashes on track – including the in the last two races with Felipe Massa – and the Briton admitted that he had to raise his game, with a number of reasons behind his recent lack of results.
“I think it's a combination of things,” he said. “I put most of it down to myself and of course, there are times that you find yourself a little bit unfortunate but whether it could be a yellow flag or something like that or traffic, it's not really any excuse, we all have to do it, we all have to do the job. Others are able to do it, so I think it's just been a lack of some pace, a lack of some being in the right place at the right time so that's what we're working towards improving.
My approach every weekend is obviously to have a good weekend but for some time now it's not been the case but I always come back, I always come back and give it another shot and hope for a better result. I've prepared myself in the best way I can. Jenson showed that we're competitive, so I think that if he can do it then I can do it, so I really need to get on with things this weekend. Hopefully we will have our timing a little bit better in qualifying and get our second run in and hopefully we will be able to compete with the two guys here [Alonso and Vettel].
“I've got two-time World Champions next to me and my goal in life is to emulate those, but really I think I have to catch up with them so I'm working on that.”
Added reason for Hamilton to return to form this weekend will come thanks to the fact that the race is McLaren's 700th world championship event, with the Briton saying he was pleased to have been part of the history of one of the top teams in the sport.
“It feels great,” he said. “My dream was always to race for this team so to have become a part of the history of the team and to be here now representing them on their 700th grand prix, I am very proud of that. I am very proud to be a part of it. I have got some incredible people behind me supporting me within the team and I think I am very blessed to have that.”