Lewis Hamilton is confident that he can keep the F1 World Championship driver’s title a British affair for the third year running as the season approaches the tightest showdown in recent history, the 25-year-old racer and 2008 champion has revealed.
With only races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi left to run in the 2010 F1 season, Hamilton feels it is still possible for him to leap-frog Australian Red Bull driver, Mark Webber, and overhaul the 21-point lead of double-world champion and Ferrari ace, Fernando Alonso.
“Obviously it’s going to be very, very tight,” said Hamilton, “but he (Alonso) is a little bit limited on engines so we’re not 100 per cent sure that he’ll finish all of his races. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen but Alonso has good momentum so we’ve got to hope that we can do better”.
Speaking at a Vodaphone VIP karting event in Milton Keynes, during which competition-winning customers of the McLaren team’s chief sponsor had the opportunity to meet the F1 star, Hamilton said he is putting his faith in his own ability and the impressive reliability 2010 McLaren MP4-25 F1 car.
“I feel great, I’m as good as I can be,” said Hamilton. “Generally I think we have better reliability and I think that’s really our strongest point. We’ve been the third fastest car – the third fastest team – in the last few races but I think we will be quite close in the remaining races because they suit our car.”
Hamilton also revealed that he has no regrets about the failed overtaking moves that saw him dramatically crash out of the races at Monza, Italy, and Singapore, relinquishing his lead in the driver’s title standings.
“I don’t look back and regret things”, he said. “To live a life of regret is not the way forward. They are experiences that I learned from but I would definitely do it again because that’s the racer I am. I’m sure I would do it slightly differently, but I would always do it.”
Hamilton highlighted the importance of the excellent relationship with his McLaren team-mate, Jenson Button, in maintaining consistency through out the season. Button was himself in with a chance of retaining the driver’s title that he won with the Brawn GP team in 2009, until a sub-par performance at the inaugural South Korean Grand Prix saw him fall away from contention.
“Our relationship has been good since day one. We haven’t had any problems which all the media would have loved, we just get on very well,” said Hamilton.
“We’re fierce competitors on the track in the sense that we want to beat each other but we’re good team mates in the sense that we work to push the team forward. We have the best of both worlds really. Other teams may have that fierce rivalry but perhaps don’t have the camaraderie.”