Lewis Hamilton: 2009 Title Still Possible
Although he has spent half of season racing mostly for point rather than wins, reigning champion Lewis Hamilton refuses to let go of his title chances in 2009. The McLaren driver admitted he found it very challenging to switch focus from the F1 title to simply improving a disastrous MP4-24 this year, but insisted he will will only let go of the championship crown when maths tells him to.
“The five remaining races are a great mix of circuits, and I'm looking forward to all of them. But I'll still be going for it, trying to get every single point I can. I know it sounds crazy, but I'm not going to put the title out of my mind until I know that it's mathematically impossible,” said Ham, according to planetf1.com.
“For the past two seasons I've been in with a shot at the championship right until the end of the last race of the season, so obviously this year feels a bit different. But it's been fun to just push like crazy and try and get the maximum result from the car at each race, rather than looking at stringing together a more consistent title bid,” added the Brit.
Hamilton was sidelined for the entire race at Spa, after being involved in a first-lap incident after the start. Although admitting frustration over his 3rd DNF of his career, the McLaren driver insisted the MP4-24 is now a constant race win bidder in the championship. And that can only boost his confidence ahead of the upcoming season.
“We know we've taken huge steps with the car since the start of the summer. It's frustrating we didn't get to see our race pace at Spa, but we've a low-downforce package for Monza and some more upgrades ahead of Singapore, so I think we'll be in the hunt among the frontrunners. The most important thing is we keep learning from this year's car so we can make next year's into a winner,” concluded the 24-year old driver.