Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he needs to score as many points as possible in Japan next weekend.

Hamilton has seen his lead in the drivers' championship cut right back of late and now with just two points between him and his McLaren-Mercedes team-mate, Fernando Alonso, the Englishman knows that he ideally needs a good haul at Fuji to increase his cushion - and at the very least maintain it.

"Everything is so close in the Championship now, so we have to go out there in Fuji and get as many points as possible," he confirmed in the countdown to the 15th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

"It would be great to win of course. Japan is one of my favourite countries and the fans are very enthusiastic, so it would be even better to win in front of them," he added.

The trip to Fuji Speedway meanwhile might also work in Lewis' advantage as none of the drivers' have any real experience of the track, which returns to the Formula 1 calendar after a break of 30 years.

"I haven't even seen Fuji Speedway yet, but I am sure it will be a great place to race," continued Hamilton, who is of course in his first full season at the pinnacle of the sport.

"Hopefully there will be some overtaking opportunities because of the really long start / finish straight.

"We will have to wait and see however what it is really going to be like as I do not really have a major image in my mind at the moment."

Despite looking forward to the trip to Fuji though, Lewis is somewhat disappointed that the circus isn't going to Suzuka this year, the traditional home of the Japanese GP.

He will get to race at Suzuka in the future however as it will alternate with Fuji from 2009. For now though, Fuji could be good news for Lewis.

"I have to say when I was first asked about my feelings of Fuji, I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn't be getting to race at Suzuka because everyone goes on about how great it is.

"But this season I have really enjoyed going to new tracks and learning them. It provides a slightly different challenge so I am looking forward to it. Everyone will be in the same boat and it should be quite exciting," he summed-up.



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