Lewis Hamilton has admitted that, while it may now be sensible to keep racking up the points in pursuit of his maiden world championship, both he and the McLaren team will still be racing for victory in the second half of the season.

Speaking at the first official press conference of the weekend at the Nurburgring, the Briton - who has been suffering from a heavy cold all week - said that he would be attempting to balance thoughts of taking the title in his rookie season and adding to his two-race win tally over the remaining eight races.

"Of course, we have to bear in mind that we have to try and finish every race and maintain the level if we can," he admitted, "But that doesn't mean that we slack. We are going to keep on pushing hard to beat everyone. That is how we have been all season. The whole team is pushing extremely hard back at the factory to improve the car, and I'm working hard at my training to improve my game. Yes, we go into the race thinking 'okay, we need the points', but we want to win, so it is a balance."

Hamilton currently leads the championship by twelve points over McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, with Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa a further six and seven points adrift respectively, but faces the prospect of punishment following the ongoing 'spy saga' involving the sport's two top teams. Despite speculation suggesting that the two McLaren drivers could be docked points for the indiscretion of one or more employees, however, the Briton insists that he is not worried by the situation.

"I'm not really bothered about it, to be honest," he claimed, "I don't think that is going to happen, so I'm not worried. I'm very confident. I'm confident in what the team has done over the years and I have every confidence in the team now. I don't believe anything like that would happen. On my part, that is all I'm going to say."

 

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