F1 ace Lewis vows to bounce back in British GP

PUBLISHED: 19:34 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton in the French Grand Prix  Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton in the French Grand Prix Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

FORMULA One racer Lewis Hamilton has vowed to bounce back after his French Grand Prix disappointment. The McLaren driver from Herts finished outside the points for the second race running at Magny-Cours on Sunday. Having crashed into the back of Ferrari r

Lewis Hamilton drives out onto the Magny-Cours circuit

FORMULA One racer Lewis Hamilton has vowed to bounce back after his French Grand Prix disappointment.

The McLaren driver from Herts finished outside the points for the second race running at Magny-Cours on Sunday.

Having crashed into the back of Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, 23-year-old Hamilton incurred the wrath of the race stewards again in France.

After starting from 13th on the grid following his 10-place demotion, Hamilton received a drive-through penalty for missing the apex of turn seven at Magny-Cours on the first lap.

Lewis Hamilton ahead of McLaren colleague Heikki Kovalainen

Tewin tyro Lewis was penalised following a move on Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Vettel as they approached the corner.

He took the German but ran wide over the kerb.

Hamilton was deemed to have gained an advantage and the penalty cost him vital seconds in his quest for World Championship points.

The McLaren charger eventually finished 10th but insists he can still get his world title bid back on track in his home grand prix in a fortnight's time.

"I'm 10 points behind, but I'm determined to bounce back at Silverstone in front of my home crowd," said Hamilton.

Despite falling behind Felipe Massa in the title race, former Stevenage schoolboy Hamilton still feels he can rise to the top.

"I've been out of the points for three races now - but there are still 10 to go," he said.

"Kimi (Raikkonen) came from behind to win last year's championship, so there's no reason to be disheartened."

Lewis is currently fourth in the drivers' rankings with 38 points and trails both Ferrari drivers and BMW Sauber man Robert Kubica.

The Santander British Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, July 6.

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