Lewis Hamilton insists that Mercedes can beat Ferrari and Lotus in the constructors' championship despite a recent rough run of form.

The team has picked up just 20 points from the last two races to slip ten points behind Ferrari, with Lotus making up ground with 58 points from the races in Korea and Japan.

Hamilton himself will seek to bounce back from his first retirement of the year in the Suzuka race when he competes in India this weekend, with the Briton having admitted that his aim in the remaining races is on his team's championship position rather than his own.

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With four races remaining, Hamilton will seek to help Mercedes overhaul Ferrari in the standings and he said he was ready for the challenge ahead.

"You see Lotus has really made a big step in the last few races and Ferrari have taken another step. So they are very strong competitors," he said. "Ferrari have pulled a ten-point lead on us but it's not impossible for us to continue fighting with them. We just need a good weekend.

"We've definitely got a better car than our results have shown and so we really need to put it together these next four races - which I feel we can.

"We have a chance of second, to be the second best team, and it's a real challenge. I'm excited about it because I don't really particularly care now what position as a driver we finish - it doesn't really make any difference, unless you're first or second.

"Third, fourth, fifth, sixth [in the drivers' standings] doesn't really look great either way. I want to win World Championships, I don't want to win second places."