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Hamilton not giving up title hopes after retiring from Singapore GP

By Berthold Bouman

Lewis Hamilton retired from the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday due to a gearbox failure, but he has no intention of giving up his hopes on winning the 2012 World Championship.

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, out of the race

It could have been an easy victory for the 2008 World Champion, he was comfortably leading the race until his gearbox failed, which meant his rivals Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were able to strengthen their position in the championship, while Hamilton had to walk back to the pit lane with no points in the bag.

“It’s heartbreaking not to have finished the race because I was cruising, managing the gap and I had the pace. It should have been an easy win, but then I started to experience a problem with the gears,” said a disappointed Hamilton.

And he added, “I told the team and they told me I should be able to get to the end of the race, but then I lost third gear, then all the gears went. It was gutting. We definitely had the pace to win this weekend.”

Hamilton warned his McLaren team he really can not afford another retirement, “I just hope this is the end of our bad luck this year. We have had bad luck in crashes and we didn’t finish because of another gearbox failure. You can’t afford that and we’ve had far too many. We’ve had the car to finish a lot further ahead in those first eight races but we didn’t.”

Winning the championship will be difficult he admitted, “It’s going to be hard to close the gap to guys like Fernando and Sebastian, especially when they keep finishing race after race, but I’ll never give up. There are six more races, and I need to go and win all six. I’ll fight until the end!”

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh was also gutted by Hamilton’s retirement and commented, “Lewis is a fighter and he won’t give up. Neither will we. There are six Grands Prix left to run this season — which equate to a potential 150 World Championship points for any driver to score — and you should be in no doubt that Lewis will be aiming to get as close to that 150 target as possible.”

Hamilton is now fourth in the championship, 52 points behind leader Alonso who has 194 points, Vettel is second with 165 points and Kimi Raikkonen is third with 149 points.


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