Updated: 27/09/2012 15:52 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton: I won't give up on title



Lewis Hamilton will not give up on the season, despite another retirement

Lewis Hamilton will not give up on the season, despite another retirement

Lewis Hamilton has vowed he will "fight until the end" following yet another retirement this season that denied him "an easy victory".

Two wins in the last three races had firmly thrust Hamilton back into the hunt for this year's Formula One world championship. And after grabbing pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, Hamilton appeared on course to make it three victories in four races only for his McLaren to suffer a gearbox failure on lap 23 when leading.

Hamilton said: "It's heartbreaking not to have finished the race because I was cruising, managing the gap and I had the pace. It should have been an easy win, but then I started to experience a problem with the gears."

He added: "I told the team and they told me I should be able get to the end of the race, but then I lost third gear, then all the gears went. It was gutting."

Instead of further closing the gap to title leader Fernando Alonso, Hamilton was left to contemplate a run of four retirements in the last seven grands prix, and three in the last five.

With Alonso finishing third, the 81st podium of his F1 career to move him past Ayrton Senna and leave him with only Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost ahead of him, Hamilton trails the Spaniard by 52 points.

In taking the chequered flag for the second successive year at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, reigning champion Sebastian Vettel is now Alonso's closest challenger, moving to within 29 points. Vettel's victory was allowed to stand despite a visit to the stewards alongside runner-up Jenson Button after it appeared the 24-year-old brake tested the Briton during the first of two safety car periods, almost causing a collision.

The stewards decided no action needed to be taken, allowing Vettel to celebrate the 23rd win of his career and move him within striking distance of Alonso.

It was noticeable Hamilton did not immediately go to the pen after returning to the garage to conduct interviews, instead waiting until after the race had finished. That gave him enough time to calm down and collect his thoughts, so producing a positive, philosophical mood, rather than negativity and anger.

Looking ahead to the remaining six races, Hamilton added: "The good thing we can take away from this weekend is we have extremely good pace, and as a result we can really attack. It's going to be hard to close the gap to guys like Fernando and Sebastian, especially when they keep finishing race after race. But I'll never give up. There are six more races, and I need to go and win all six. I'll fight until the end."

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24/09/2012 03:10
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Keep it up HM! You never know things happened, just be positive. What happened to you can happen to any body among those on front and find yourself a winner. Calm down body!!
24/09/2012 09:22
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the car let you down lewis and some of the british public
24/09/2012 09:49
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AND we won't give up on you. We are with you all the way.
24/09/2012 09:29
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Theres 150 points available with the gap being 52 so of course he has to keep going for it. Mclaren have a very strong car in terms of pace and could potentially win each of the remaining races whilst Alonso's consistency could end and he may fail to finish a couple of races. Its gonna need both Mclarens finishing high up though in order to take points away from the others and thats a big ask considering theyve had  5 DNFs in the last 7 races. Anything could happen though and I personally feel it will be close by the end of the season so keep your head up Lewis and stay positive.
24/09/2012 10:32
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Go Get them lewis.we are all behind you.your a great driver.make us even more proud of you.WIN.good luck.

24/09/2012 09:34
24/09/2012 18:04
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Sent out to race with a suspect  faulty gear box ?

Whats going on at McLaren ?
26/09/2012 23:29
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Winning F1 world championship is not just winning races but finishing in as many race as you can, we all see what happens when the driver have very little to do when his car fails to finish.

You take the front runners at present and you will notice that they are not a clear run away leader therefore anything can change with the rest of the race coming up.

I like to wish them all the best and I hope Lewis make the right decision for himself and I will support him regardless where/who he drives for come next season.

24/09/2012 11:06
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Anything that is Technical and Complexd it can go wrong. just like my badroom lightbullb last night.  . Plus in SUNdays Mirior The top ten best and worst cars. Yes THe LANDROVER DISCOVERY IS THE WORST, THE Chinese are buying these like hot cakes the car has a problem with the REAR AXEL.I hate 4x4s they are to big and look stupid in a supermarket car park with no mud or dirt on the car. and they are total kiling machines a ordinary family car wouldntstand a chance in a pile up.Second worst car was the BENTLY AND THE ELECTRICS.  So if you want to save a load of dosh DONT BUY A LANDROVER  AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A CHELSEA TRACTOR I THINK YOU ARE SOOOO SAAAAADD .tHE GUYS ARE JUST TRYING TO IMPRESS THE LADIES AS TO SAY I HAVE A SMALL WILLEY BUT I MAKE UP FOR IT WITH MY TRACTOR..    it   just proove where your brains are guys.
23/09/2012 23:59
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Unfortunate, but these things happen.......to many drivers, maybe the normally petulant hamilton is mellowing? though I doubt it!
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Why is it that when Lewis retires he lost an easy victory? Yet when button is forced to retire, exhaust drops off, wheel nut missing, pit stop **** up, run out of fuel , and on and on and on; your silly biased reporters say nothing. Button has had 47 podium finishes and Hamilton 48. This is probably why McLaren have told teddy throwing boy that his new salary is going to be the same as Button's. In the last 3 seasons (is it because I am B) has finished 5th, 4th, 4 th and is currently in 4th place. The fasted and best driver in F ! ? Says who? Lewis that's who and gullible numpties believe him although the facts show he is not even in the fop three. As for loyalty he has approached Red Bull and been told to take a running jump the same with Ferrari when he is out qualified by Button he give Buttons telemetry to the opposition. He is a truly all round good egg what ! you MUGS     

 

24/09/2012 09:11
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"easy victory" , typical arrogant twerp. Reality, DNF.
24/09/2012 10:10
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i am getting tired of reading about Hamilton this   &  Hamilton that & whether he is staying or leaving to the point , i just don't care what the  greedy spoilt  little brat does any more  .......
23/09/2012 23:14
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Oh well nothing wrong with trying Lewis even though you and your engineers/mechanics are ****!
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