Lewis Hamilton denies his style is too aggressive and says he just needs better luck

Lewis Hamilton has no plans to alter his approach to racing in Formula 1 - and thinks a change of luck is all he needs to start making positive headlines again

Lewis Hamilton denies his style is too aggressive and says he just needs better luck

The Briton has been under the spotlight on the back of a number of incidents this year, including a clash with Jenson Button in Canada, spinning in Hungary and collisions with Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

But despite criticism of his aggressive style, Hamilton believes that a fresh approach is not required to turn his situation around.

"I will continue to drive the way I do," said Hamilton ahead of the Italian GP. "I will just try my hardest to stay out of trouble. I will give people extra room when I overtake them!"

After his crash with Kobayashi in Belgium, which lost him further ground to Sebastian Vettel in the championship battle, Hamilton has said the focus for now is delivering a good result not for his title prospects but because he wants to be back in the headlines for all the right reasons.

"I'm trying to get back to having some good results, so I can stop negative stories being written about me," he said. "I don't read them, but I hear there are pretty bad stories that are written about me, so I am thinking it will be good to give you guys something good to write about me."

Hamilton does not feel that he is doing anything different this year to previous seasons - but thinks his driving is being looked at more closely because he is not in a position to fight for the title.

"I have had two DNFs or three DNFs, so have had similar DNFs to other people but I feel I have had worse races," he explained. "Monaco was a poor race, but it wasn't entirely my fault, although in the race I did have incidents.

"I guess I am an easy target at the moment because I am always in trouble, so hopefully at some stage I will move away from that spotlight and get into a good light, and people will only have good things to say.

"It feels like it's been a worse year than I have had previously. In 2007 and 2008, there were some incidents there as well, but because I won the championship they were forgotten. I guess as I am not competing for the championship right now it is different."

He added: "I honestly think in the last race I was driving as well as I always drive. I think I qualified well, I performed well all weekend.

"There was a little bit of frustration with the situation I was in on Saturday, as it was unnecessary, but we tried to move on from that. I was in a good position in the race to compete for at least second, and it was just a mistake. It wasn't because I was being aggressive, I just didn't know he [Kobayashi] was there. It wasn't because I was being aggressive. People blame it on aggressive driving style but it had nothing to do with that."

Hamilton believes that he has a good chance of getting back onto the podium in Monza, with much effort being made on trying to work out the ideal wing settings to use this weekend.

"I'm feeling good, but I don't know what to expect," he said. "We will find out tomorrow if we are competitive on the straights.

"If you look in the garages there are people with very, very thin wings and people with similar wings to what they had in the last race. We have a similar wing to what we had in the last race, but I am hopeful it will work and we will be competitive."

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