Lewis Hamilton: McLaren can still win Formula 1 title
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, August 24th 2012, 16:17 GMT|
Lewis Hamilton is convinced that McLaren has a 'real chance' of winning both Formula 1 championships this year.
Having triumphed last time out in the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Briton is eager for the return to action in Belgium next weekend as he aims to close down the advantage that title leader Fernando Alonso currently enjoys.
"My win in Hungary was a fantastic way to go into the summer break: it had the added bonus of sending the whole team away for their holidays with a positive feeling in their hearts," said Hamilton.
"It's also given me the hope and assurance that we can come back for the final nine races with a real chance to go for both world championships."
Hamilton is currently fourth in the drivers' standings, 47 points behind Alonso.
And in a season that delivered seven different winners from the first seven races, Hamilton thinks that the second part of the campaign will also produce its fair share of surprises.
"Given the unpredictability of the sport, I think it's still difficult to predict accurately who'll win the next grand prix, but I reckon the coming few weeks ought to give us a much clearer idea of the destination of the world title," he said.
"It's going to be an extremely tough, tactical and interesting finale to the season. There's no team with a clear advantage - although we're all pushing hard to catch Fernando's points tally in the drivers' championship – so there's still everything to play for."