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Lewis Hamilton not changing style after Singapore crash

Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton collide

Webber and Hamilton collide

Lewis Hamilton has insisted he will not make any changes to his driving style going into the final four races of the Formula 1 season.

The McLaren driver has crashed out of the last two grands prix and has fallen 20 points behind leader Mark Webber.

But the Briton is confident he can still win the title, saying: "I'm a racer. I always race my heart out, and nothing will ever change that."

"There were different circumstances behind each incident."

Hamilton's Singapore Grand Prix came to an end after attempting to pass Webber's Red Bull on lap 36 but the McLaren driver has stated that he was not to blame for the incident.

"I've seen the replay and I was half a car-length ahead of Mark, and on the racing line.

"It's very frustrating that in Italy [the previous race where Hamilton crashed], I tapped the car in front and it broke my front suspension, and in Singapore, the car behind tapped me and punctured my tyre. I've been unlucky both times."

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Despite three non-finishes in the last four races, Hamilton is still confident he can regain the title he won in 2008.

"I spoke with the team on Sunday night and we looked at things from their proper perspective: I'm still third overall in the points table and I'm 20 points off the championship leader."

"That's still less than a race win - it's easy to get disheartened by being 20 points away, because it sounds such a lot, but under last year's rules, that's only about eight points - and to be eight points off with four races left is nothing really."

McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button
McLaren team-mates Hamilton (left) and Button both remain confident

And on the other side of the McLaren garage, reigning champion Jenson Button - who is 25 points adrift of the championship lead - agreed that the new scoring method introduced this season had distorted the situation:

"I think the new points system has definitely amplified what people think of the standings, but I've always imagined the points as they would have been under last year's system," stated Button.

"In old money, I'm 10 points off Mark, and Lewis is about eight or nine behind him. And, with four races to go, that's not much at all."

Button finished fourth in Singapore, and after being involved in the title chase with the Brawn team last season, he is feeling relaxed going into the final four races.

"Confident. Relaxed. Happy. Yeah. I can put it into perspective - for the second year running I'm right in the hunt for the world championship. I'm already world champion and I've still got every chance of holding on to my title.

"That's what I'm in Formula 1 to do and that's why I signed for McLaren Mercedes; to have that opportunity," Button added.



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see also
Title rivals call for cool heads
28 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
In-form Alonso lays down gauntlet
27 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Flawless Alonso wins in Singapore
26 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Title could go to wire - Horner
27 Sep 10 |  Formula 1


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