F1: Hamilton looking to bounce back in Singapore Grand Prix
PUBLISHED: 09:51 17 September 2010 | UPDATED: 13:31 17 September 2010
LEWIS Hamilton is determined to bounce back from his Monza nightmare in next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
2010 FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship
Championship standings after Italian Grand Prix
1 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 187 points
2 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) 182
3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 166
4 Jenson Button (McLaren Mercedes) 165
5 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 163
6 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 124
The 25-year-old Formula 1 driver from Herts crashed out of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix on the opening lap.
It was a crushing blow to the McLaren Mercedes star’s hopes of reclaiming the world crown, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber motoring into pole position in the title race.
Fernando Alonso, who won his first Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari, and Hamilton’s McLaren colleague Jenson Button, the reigning F1 world champion, are also now in the championship mix, along with Sebastian Vettel in the other Red Bull.
The five-man fight for the title will be decided over the coming eight weeks at the final five flyaway races, starting with the Singapore night race on Sunday, September 26.
Formula 1 Grand Prix
Here’s the remaining 2010 Formula 1 races of the season:
* Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay) – September 26
* Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) – October 10
* South Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam) – October 24
* Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos) – November 7
* Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina) – November 14
Hamilton blamed himself for ending up in the gravel at Monza after clipping Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.
However, the Tewin F1 hero said: “The championship certainly isn’t over – although I have to admit that days like today [Sunday] don’t help. The good thing is that Jenson [Button] scored a nice lot of points for us.
“Now, though, I’m already fully focused on Singapore.”
He added: “I’ve already drawn a line under Monza. I’ve learnt from the experience and, while it was extremely disappointing, those things are sometimes what you need to sharpen your mind and raise your game and motivation at an extremely crucial time in the season.”
Martin Whitmarsh, team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, doesn’t want Lewis to change his racing style, despite his mishap at Roggia around the historic Monza circuit.
He said: “Like Jenson, Lewis made a very strong start, and was his usual forceful self on lap one.
“We’ve often seen that trademark lap-one forcefulness herald an equally combative race drive from him, but on this occasion he got involved in what I’d describe as a racing incident. But, again, that’s racing.
“I was asked after the race why Lewis didn’t pull over to the side of the track after the impact, and my answer was: ‘Lewis is a racer, and racers keep driving till the wheels fall off – literally.’ And we wouldn’t want him any other way.”
Whitmarsh added: “Looking forward, there are five more rounds of the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship to go, and the points situation in both the drivers’ world championship and the constructors’ world championship is extremely close.
“So it’s all to play for, and you can be well sure that we at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be giving it absolutely everything we’ve got.”
Following next weekend’s Singapore race, grands prix in Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi will determine who is crowned world champion by November 14.
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