Lewis Hamilton says the fight for the 2014 drivers’ title is far from over despite dropping to 29 points behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg at the last race in Belgium.
The two Mercedes drivers made contact on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, with Hamilton suffering a puncture and dropping to the back of the field. Damage sustained as he returned to the pits with the destroyed tyre caused his retirement later in the race.
Meanwhile Rosberg finished second and increased his advantage in the drivers’ standings. Hamilton is hoping to claw back ground this weekend at the Monza circuit and is excited to return to Italy.
“The Italian Grand Prix is always a special one for me in terms of the memories I have there – going right back to my early career,” he said. “The karting championships used to race in Italy quite often and it’s also where I met Nico – so that’s where our rivalry really began.
“Monza is such a historic circuit and to win there is a really special feeling. I had that experience in 2012 and I’d love to do it again in 2014. Last season we really struggled at this race – but we have a fantastic car this year and I’m confident we can make up for it this time around.
“One thing I always love about racing at Monza is the fans. They’re just so passionate about motorsport and the buzz around the place is unbelievable – particularly on the podium.
“Hopefully we can reward them with some exciting racing. My aim for the weekend, of course, is to claw back the gap in the drivers’ championship.
“It’s as big as it’s been all season so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me – but anything can happen in this sport. I won’t give up until the flag drops in Abu Dhabi and there’s still plenty of points to be won before then, so it’s far from over yet.”
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