Monday, November 1, 2010

Hamilton happy to chase for title

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton won the Formula 1 world championship in 2008

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton believes having to come from behind in the title race could work to his advantage.

Hamilton trails leader Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 21 points with two races of the season remaining.

"We are excited, we have everything to gain and not too much to lose," Hamilton told BBC Breakfast.

"Generally in any sport, and even in football if you are running up the field and you have the ball, it's worse being chased than it is to chase."

One of the most exciting seasons in Formula 1 history continues on Sunday with the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Five drivers still have a mathematical chance of winning the title, with defending champion Jenson Button of McLaren the furthest adrift at 42 points behind leader Alonso.

Red Bull driver Mark Webber lies second, 11 points behind the Spaniard, while his team-mate Sebastian Vettel is fourth, 25 points off the lead.


Third-placed Hamilton ended a disappointing run with second place at the Korean Grand Prix on 24 October and still believes he can land his second title.

"I'm going into these last two to give it my all and I do believe I can win it," added Hamilton. "If I didn't then I shouldn't be sitting here, I'd be at home sitting with my legs up.

"My team know that I never give up and I feel that transcends through the whole team. We are still in the fight for the last two races. It's still possible."

Hamilton thanked his fans for supporting him through thick and thin in a topsy-turvy season.

The Briton's aggressive driving style attracted criticism after he crashed out of the Italian and Singapore Grands Prix in September.

"The support that I've had is incredible," he said. "They can never know just how much I appreciate it. I'm out there giving it all.

"I know I've had some odd races and not the best results but that's life, we all make mistakes."

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari drives during the Korean Formula One Grand Prix

Highlights - Korean Grand Prix

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