Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hamilton eyes championship charge

Fernando Alonso

Singapore Grand Prix in 90 seconds

By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport at Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton says he is desperate to reignite his bid for the 2010 Formula 1 drivers' championship in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The McLaren driver is one of five men in contention for the title but trails leader Mark Webber by 20 points after crashing out of the last two races.

"I'm doing as much as I can to try and recover," Hamilton, 25, told BBC Sport.

"My plan is not to see how hard my team works and then let them down - and let my family, my friends, or myself down."

The 2008 champion moved top of the standings with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix in August, but he has since experienced a downturn in fortunes.

Hamilton was forced out of the Italian Grand Prix after an opening-lap collision with Felipe Massa as he attempted to pass the Ferrari driver.

Disaster struck again at the Singapore Grand Prix as another overtaking move went wrong, this time Hamilton exiting the race after a coming together with the Red Bull of Webber on lap 36.

The Englishman now finds himself third in the championship on 182 points, with Webber top on 202 points and an in-form Fernando Alonso of Ferrari second on 191.

Hamilton is one point ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, while his McLaren team-mate and defending champion Jenson Button is four points further back on 177.

With four races remaining and 25 points for a win, all five drivers remain in the hunt and Hamilton is keen to right the wrongs of Monza and Marina Bay.

More to follow.

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