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Hamilton eyes error-free run-in

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Hamilton brushes off the pressure of the F1 title race

Lewis Hamilton admits he cannot afford to make any more mistakes if he is to claim his first Formula One title.

The McLaren driver leads Ferrari's Felipe Massa by one point ahead of the forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix, with just four races remaining.

"I'm in the lead because I've made fewer mistakes. You have to enter each race with heart but you also have to be smart," Hamilton, 23, told BBC Sport.

"I can't afford any more mistakes, definitely not."

Hamilton finished seventh in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, as Brazilian Massa cut his lead.

Formula One's night debut in Singapore is next up, followed by Japan, China, and then the conclusion in Brazil, and Hamilton says he has already put the Monza race behind him.

"I really have a skill where I am able to put a previous disappointment behind me," Hamilton said, referring to the Monza race, which was won by German Sebastian Vettel.

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"He (Massa) is the guy I have to beat. He has a good car and is a good driver," added the Englishman.

"Singapore is a night time circuit, which none of us have experienced before, but we'll be OK," the English driver added.

"I have to make every sacrifice in the last four races. I honestly feel confident in my ability to win the championship."


see also
Hamilton treads a fine line
14 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Berger tips Vettel for F1 glory
14 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Vettel claims historic Monza win
14 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Italian Grand Prix as it happened
14 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Italian Grand Prix photos
14 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Hamilton finds little support
11 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Hamilton passed too soon - Massa
09 Sep 08 |  Formula One
Hamilton stripped of Belgian win
07 Sep 08 |  Formula One


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