"I am not fighting for the championship, but I can still win the race," he insisted, "I don't know when I will have a car quite like the MP4-27 to win again, so I really hope to pull it off again this weekend. What speaks against it is that the Red Bulls have been quick here - every year. Maybe I can break that mould, but it is going to be difficult. I hope that the conditions stay good, but here you never know. Rain could come any time....
Asked for his views on how the championship may pan out, Hamilton acknowledged that Alonso's task of overhauling a 13-point deficit is made all the more difficult by the fact that the Ferrari has not been a match for Vettel's Red Bull in recent weeks.
"It will be tough for Fernando, as he definitely knows that the Red Bull is the better car - [and has been] a better car for a few years now," he reflected, "They probably struggled a bit in the last race, but the car is rapid, so he knows that he's got a steep curve to fight. But he is a true champion and he will fight no matter what, whether he has the biggest gun or not. If it does rain on Sunday, all this will turn into a big lottery, like it did when I won the championship here in 2008.
"My guess [as to the outcome] is as good as anyone else's, [but] I am wise and not putting money on anybody. I save it for the rainy days."