I can`t tootle to the title, says Hamilton

Suzuka: Three retirements in four races have in no way changed Lewis Hamilton`s approach to what could be a make or break Japanese Grand Prix for the McLaren title contender.

He may be a Sunday driver by profession, but slowing to admire the scenery has never been a part of the 2008 world champion`s job description.

"The fact is I am not going to... just tootle around and hope to finish. That`s never been in me. I want to fight for a win and I hope people respect that," the Briton told reporters at high-speed Suzuka.

"Fingers crossed, I hope this weekend will be an improvement to say the least."

The hard-charging Hamilton has slipped since August from Formula One championship leader to third placed hopeful after twice being in collisions with rivals.

"Of course I could go and drive around and not overtake anyone and just stay in position, that`s easy enough," he said.

"But that`s not me. So that definitely won`t be happening."

Hamilton, in no doubt about his chances of going the distance, maintained that Sunday`s race would be no more crucial than the remaining three after it.

"Clearly, if I had finished the last three races or the three races that I`ve missed, I`d be in a much stronger position but that`s life and there`s nothing I can do about it," added the 25-year-old.

"I can`t go back and change it; all I can do is try to recover and try to apply myself in the most productive way towards my team and towards myself and towards the racing.

"My plan, of course, is not to arrive at weekends and see how hard my team works and let them down and let my family down, or let my friends down or let myself down. So I`m doing as much as I can."

Hamilton collided with Red Bull`s overall leader Mark Webber in Singapore, the last race before Japan, while challenging for third place.

In Italy, he went out after banging wheels with Ferrari`s Felipe Massa on the opening lap.

However he has also won three races this season, including two in a row in Turkey and Canada. On Sunday, he intends to shrug off the pressure and add a fourth.

"It`s been clearly a very tough few races," he said.

"After I didn`t finish in Barcelona, didn`t finish in Hungary, I didn`t think I could afford another couple (of retirements).

"But I was very intrigued to find I am still in the hunt even though I`ve had two terrible races."

Bureau Report

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