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Hamilton insists not giving up on title yet despite gap to Vettel in the standings

Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he remains focused on doing all he can to win the world championship this year, despite having admitted in Valencia on Sunday night that the title fight was all but over

Less than 24 hours after Hamilton suggested that runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel had 'pretty much' guaranteed the title already, the McLaren driver amazingly took a snipe at the media reports of what he had said.

Writing on his Twitter feed, Hamilton said: "To all our supporters, ignore what u read in the papers today. My team will never give up & I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

"Bring on Silverstone, ur support will make a world of difference to us. I'm going to the factory now to do all I can with our team. Lewis."

Hamilton's annoyance with the media reports of what he said, on the back of a difficult weekend in Valencia, provides further evidence of the frustrations he is feeling at the moment at the dominance of Red Bull Racing.

However, speaking to the Press Association, Hamilton said it would be wrong of him to ask McLaren to do any more than it already is - because everyone is pushing to the maximum.

"They are doing what they can, working as hard as they can," said Hamilton. "Can we all do a better job? I can do a better job, they can do a better job, and we can always improve.

"But you know, they are on the limit, being pushed as hard as they can. The engineers and people designing things back home are flat out, and sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't. I really don't have any answers to it.

"I pushed as hard as I could in the race, but I just didn't have the car beneath me and I don't expect to have it massively beneath me in the next race.

"We hope it's a bit cooler there, maybe that will play into our hands, but we don't have the downforce the Red Bull has, and now the Ferrari."

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