Lewis Hamilton says the F1 title race is “far from over” despite having dropped 29 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Following a dramatic Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Rosberg now has the biggest lead he has enjoyed all season having finished second at Spa while Hamilton retired from the race. This weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza provides Hamilton with his first chance to start to reduce the deficit, and he says that will be his main aim during what he describes as a “special” grand prix.
“The Italian Grand Prix is always a special one for me in terms of the memories I have there - going right back to my early career,” Hamilton said. “The karting championships used to race in Italy quite often and it's also where I met Nico - so that's where our rivalry really began.
“Monza is such a historic circuit and to win there is a really special feeling. I had that experience in 2012 and I'd love to do it again in 2014.
“Last season we really struggled at this race - but we have a fantastic car this year and I'm confident we can make up for it this time around. One thing I always love about racing at Monza is the fans. They're just so passionate about motorsport and the buzz around the place is unbelievable - particularly on the podium. Hopefully we can reward them with some exciting racing.
“My aim for the weekend, of course, is to claw back the gap in the Drivers' Championship. It's as big as it's been all season so I've got a lot of work ahead of me - but anything can happen in this sport. I won't give up until the flag drops in Abu Dhabi and there's still plenty of points to be won before then, so it's far from over yet.”