Hamilton: I’m in the battle for the title and there’s still a long way to go

Lewis Hamilton at European GP

Lewis Hamilton aims to keep his championship charge going

Jul.2 (Reuters) McLaren‘s Lewis Hamilton has written off his Valencia run-in with Pastor Maldonado as merely a blip on the graph of what he hopes will be a winning season, and is now firmly focused on regaining his consistency to challenge for the title..

(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 alongside Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34. Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 24 June 2012.Looking forward to a home British Grand Prix at Silverstone next week, the 2008 Formula One world champion told Reuters Television in an interview that he had put the incident behind him.

“I just move forward. It’s in the past, it doesn’t really matter now,” Hamilton said at a London event for sponsors Santander.

“I’m still in the battle for the title, there’s still a long, long way to go and I’ve been massively consistent all the way up until here and in terms of my preparation and my approach I will continue to keep the same,” he added.

“It’s not as if I drove into the wall on my own. I didn’t make the mistake on my own so I think I will just continue to do what I’m doing and try and stay out of trouble more.”

Hamilton was defending third place in the European Grand Prix against Maldonado on the penultimate lap when the Venezuelan lost control of his Williams and shunted Hamilton into the wall and out of the race.

Lewis Hamilton at European GPHamilton pummelled the steering wheel with his fists before tossing it out of the car and clambering out of the bent McLaren, saying very little to reporters afterwards.

Maldonado, a winner of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona in May, was blamed by stewards and given a time penalty after the race that cost him 10th place.

Hamilton had been leading the championship after seven races, two points clear of Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso, but he ended up 23 points adrift of the Spaniard following the eighth round in Valencia.

“I definitely didn’t get out of the car smiling but these things happen. This is what motor racing is about, it’s what competition is about and you go through these kinds of experiences,” said Hamilton.

“I feel it’s just a blip in what can be a great year.”

With 12 races still to come, including Silverstone, he still has plenty of time to catch up even if Alonso has been remarkably consistent so far.

Hamilton so far has one win under his belt, in Canada this month, in a season that has seen seven different winners in the first seven races.

The Briton said he would be going all out at Silverstone to win for the second time a race that was up there with winning Monaco, another grand prix he has dominated in the past, in his list of favourites.

McLaren have been plagued with pitlane problems that are proving tough to eradicate, despite marked improvements in procedures, and that will be a concern for both Hamilton and team mate Jenson Button.

“They’re always a concern because its been a problem every race so far,” said Hamilton.

“You put it behind you, you go to the next race with the mindset that there’s not going to be any problems. Last weekend our first pitstop was I think the fastest pitstop of all time, the fastest in Formula One ever, or so I’m told.

“So if we can try and keep up with that, or even just slow up a little bit, and still be quicker than other people’s and have consistency then we’re in good shape.”

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  • Harsha

    Hamilton and Vettel are Desperate to Catch Alonso and i guess Raikkonnen is Coming into the Mix So i wish it was a 4 way battle like in 2010

  • Hawk

    2010 with Brazil and Abu Dhabi to go.. Alonso 231, Webber 222, Lewis 210, Vettel 206.
    After Brazil with Abu Dhabi to go in one week; Alonso 246, Webber 240, Vettel 231, Lewis 222.
    very interesting times indeed.

  • Speedo

    It is going to be very interesting. I feel it is going to be a battle betwee Vettel, Alonso and Lewis provided the pit crew get here act together.

    I am surprised that there are no comments from Hamilton haters.

  • Jody Renza

    Title chase will be interesting this season as was predicted even before it started! If Mclaren can get their act together Lewis will be the dangerman for sure. Vett-Bull is becoming the combination to beat again, Webber can surprise with his score-rate as can Alonso..Kimi will win races yes…helluva lot can & will still happen before the trophy gets dusted for 2012!