Three retirements in four races have in no way changed Lewis Hamilton’s approach to what could be a make or break Japanese Grand Prix for the McLaren title contender. “The fact is I am not going to... just tootle around and hope to finish. That’s never been in me. I want to fight for a win and I hope people respect that,” the Briton told reporters at high-speed Suzuka. “Fingers crossed, I hope this weekend will be an improvement to say the least.”
The hard-charging Hamilton has slipped since August from Formula One championship leader to third placed hopeful after twice being in collisions with rivals.
“Of course I could go and drive around and not overtake anyone and just stay in position, that’s easy enough,” he said.
“But that’s not me. So that definitely won’t be happening.”
Hamilton, in no doubt about his chances of going the distance, maintained that Sunday’s race would be no more crucial than the remaining three after it. “Clearly, if I had finished the last three races or the three races that I’ve missed, I’d be in a much stronger position but that’s life and there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said.
“I can’t go back and change it; all I can do is try to recover and try to apply myself in the most productive way.”
Kubica surprised by Raikkonen's rejection
Renault hit back at Kimi Raikkonen on Thursday while their Polish driver Robert Kubica said he was surprised and disappointed that the ex-world champion had ruled out a comeback as his teammate.
The Finn accused Renault in a Finnish newspaper interview on Wednesday of using his name ‘for their own marketing purposes’, said he had never seriously considered driving for them and was 100 percent certain not to next year. To this, Kubica said: “I’m surprised because I thought personally that there was a chance.”