Lewis Hamilton admits victory is out of the question in the German Grand Prix and hopes to limit the points gained by team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg starts the race from pole position while Hamilton is likely to start from the pit lane after a brake failure in Q1 saw him crash heavily. When starting ninth in Austria Hamilton said he always targets victory
, but he conceded it was too tall an order for him to believe he can beat his team-mate at Hockenheim.
“Whenever the lights go out I'm always thinking of finishing the race first and that's always my target,” Hamilton said. “But I'd have to be smoking something to think I could really get first when Nico's there; if you look at the last race and the pace we had, Nico's in pole position and he's got nobody in front of him.
“For sure, by the third or fourth lap he'll be several seconds up the road and as I'm starting last I'll be a good 30 or 40 seconds behind. So I'm not really thinking of that, I'm just trying to think that I've got to do damage limitation again – which I seem to be doing quite often – but I don't know what I can do.
“I don't know where I'm starting from – if I'm starting 16th or starting in the pit lane, we'll find out – but even if I can get one point then hopefully that point can make the difference at the end of the year.”
And Hamilton insisted that having a brake failure will not affect his confidence during the race.
“I'm not really thinking about safety. Since the first crash I had in my life when I was a kid, [I had] a bleeding nose and all I cared about was if the car was going to be fine. So all I'm caring about right now is if the guys – which they will do – can put the car together so that I can do what I do best and try to drive through the field.
“I'm not thinking about the brakes, I'll push just as hard as ever on the brakes the first time I touch them. You've just got to get over it and keep moving forwards.”