Lewis Hamilton admits he was unsure as to why his pace in the Belgian Grand Prix was only good enough for fourth place, the Brit seeing his championship lead chipped down to a just two points.

Relatively confident heading into the race, Hamilton was never in contention for victory against Ferrari, while only a strained moment at the start saw him get close to wrestling third place off team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Somewhat worryingly for Hamilton though, he could not quite establish why he was lacking speed compared to his team-mate at least for the second race in a row.

"The car didn't feel too bad, it just hasn't worked for me as well as it has at other tracks," he said. "I just couldn't seem to improve on my times at all.

"During the race I did the best that I could and was pushing all the way to the end, hence the small mistake in the final laps. I got the points, which is the main thing. The gap between Fernando and myself is now down to two points which is close, but I am just going to go all out in the last three races to try and win the Drivers' Championship."

Referring to the move at the start that saw Alonso ease Hamilton onto the run-off area out the first corner and prompt the two to go side-by-side up to in Eau Rouge, he admits he thought the move was rather needless at first, but accepts that is the result of the intense title fight.

I got a good start and thought I had a chance to get past at the first corner, but I had to run wide as Fernando kept to the inside line. Initially I thought 'oh thanks' but I guess these things happen when you fight for the World Championship."

 

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