Hamil­ton: F1 ti­tle come­back ‘not as tough as you think’

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Hav­ing seen his ti­tle ri­val win three straight races in four weeks, Lewis Hamil­ton could be for­given for fear­ing the worst about the destiny of the 2016 For­mula One ti­tle, but the Bri­ton still be­lieves he can re­verse the cur­rent cham­pi­onship tide.

Hamil­ton had a frus­trat­ing week­end in Sin­ga­pore and was off the pace of his ri­val and Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg in all three prac­tice ses­sions, qual­i­fy­ing and the race. That was com­pounded by a hy­draulic fail­ure in prac­tice that cost him a lot of long-run prac­tice.

Given that, a third place fin­ish and an eight-point cham­pi­onship deficit to Ros­berg rep­re­sented an ac­cept­able level of dam­age lim­i­ta­tion.

“A very try­ing week­end, these ones come along some­times and you just have to take it on the chin some­times,” a philo­soph­i­cal Hamil­ton said post-race.

Hamil­ton has over­come cham­pi­onship ad­ver­sity al­ready this year. When Ros­berg won the open­ing four races of the sea­son, the points gap was 43, but seven races later, the Bri­ton had pulled ahead. Now he has to do it again.

“It’s not as tough as you think, I don’t know why,” Hamil­ton said. “We’ve come from 43 points down, so the­o­ret­i­cally, eight points isn’t any­where near as steep as that.

“With every­thing that’s gone on this year, I’m still in the fight, there’s still a long way to go and I’m go­ing to give it every­thing I’ve got.”

Hamil­ton suf­fered through the first two-thirds of the race with over­heat­ing brakes on the pun­ish­ing stop-start cir­cuit.

“I just had to slow down and watch the other guys pull away,” Hamil­ton said. “Once I did my (last) stop, all of a sud­den my brakes were un­der con­trol.”

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamil­ton of Bri­tain ges­tures dur­ing a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing his third place fin­ish at the Sin­ga­pore For­mula One Grand Prix Photo: AP

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