Hamilton turning ‘frustration into energy’

Date published: August 8 2011

Lewis Hamilton has not given up hope that he can mount a challenge against Seb Vettel for the title when F1 returns from the summer break…

Lewis Hamilton has not given up hope that he can mount a challenge against Seb Vettel for the title when F1 returns from the summer break.

Heading into the summer break, McLaren were handed a much-needed confidence boost when their drivers claimed the victories in the back-to-back German and Hungarian GPs.

While Hamilton triumphed at the Nurburgring, his team-mate Jenson Button took the chequered flag in Hungary, allowing McLaren to close the gap to Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship to just 103 points.

However, it is, as normal, the Drivers’ Championship that holds most of the interest with Hamilton now up to third place, 88 points behind Vettel.

But with a total of 200 still to play for, the McLaren is not letting the massive deficit get to him, insisting he wants another title.

“I have only won the title once and am hungry for more titles, maybe more hungry than anyone else in Formula One,” the 2008 Champ told the German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag.

As for what he needs to do to mount a challenge for the World title, Hamilton said: “It’s easy, I will only get closer to Sebastian if I actually manage to win races with McLaren this season.

“I must turn my frustration into energy.”