Hamilton: Don't rule me out yet

Sunday 22-June-2014 07:35

Despite qualifying ninth at the Red Bull Ring, Lewis Hamilton is bullish about his chances of fighting for the victory.

The Mercedes driver showed good pace throughout the weekend but a mistake in Q3 meant he failed to set a lap time that counted.

Starting the race in ninth place, well behind his Championship leading team-mate Nico Rosberg who was third, Hamilton faces a tough task in Sunday's 71-lap grand prix.

The Brit, though, says he's going to give "absolutely everything" in his fight back.

"What happened hurts a little bit in the gut, but I'll try and make up for it," said Hamilton.

"Even if I were starting last I'll always go for the win, although it obviously gets harder and harder the further back you go.

"But I've a chance to come through the field, and I'm excited for it.

"Starting from pole is always a good thing, it makes things easier, looking after your tyres, all those different things.

"But then being able to use your abilities to fight your way through is a real cool experience as well.

"I don't know how it's going to go, but I'm going to give it absolutely everything to get as many points as possible.

"Obviously I didn't get any in the last race, and I didn't help myself here, but there's a long way to go so don't rule me out yet."

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