September 1st, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - With seven races left in the season the title fight isn’t over yet and Lewis Hamilton has resolved to fight right up until the chequered flag falls in Abu Dhabi.
The Briton heads into the Italian Grand Prix weekend 29 points behind championship leader Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton has been playing catch-up with Rosberg for most of the year after retiring from the Australian Grand Prix. He managed to close the gap but dropped back in Canada after retiring and most recently retired in Belgium after he and Rosberg made contact on lap two, opening the gap up again.
“The Italian Grand Prix is always a special one for me in terms of the memories I have there – going right back to my early career,” Hamilton said.
“The karting championships used to race in Italy quite often and it’s also where I met Nico – so that’s where our rivalry really began.”
“My aim for the weekend, of course, is to claw back the gap in the Drivers’ Championship. It’s as big as it’s been all season so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me – but anything can happen in this sport.
“I won’t give up until the flag drops in Abu Dhabi and there’s still plenty of points to be won before then, so it’s far from over yet.”
Teammate Rosberg is well aware that a lot could change between now and Abu Dhabi and doesn’t plan on taking his eye off the ball either.
“It’s still all to play for in the Championship and with the double points race in Abu Dhabi anything can still happen,” said Rosberg.
“I’m focused on taking the maximum points possible in the remaining seven races and I know the team is too – starting with a top result this weekend.”