London: McLaren ace driver Lewis Hamilton believes he could still win the Formula One driver’s championship this season despite trailing table leader Fernando Alonso by 47 points.
The Formula One title race resumes this weekend following the mid-term break with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, after five weeks off, there are now nine races to go.
Hamilton, who won the last race before the vacation, thinks he is more than capable enough to pip Ferrari ace Alonso to win his second world championship title.
“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,”.
“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,” he added.
“It’s going to be an extremely tough, tactical and interesting finale to the season. There is no team with a clear advantage – although we’re all pushing hard to catch Fernando’s points tally in the drivers’ championship,” he said.
Hamilton, who is currently fourth in the drivers standing, admits he can’t wait to get back inside his McLaren.
“I really couldn’t be happier. The season gets back down to business again in Belgium. Spa is one of the best circuits in the world,” Hamilton said.
“It’s always a buzz to nail a fast lap around there and, after five weeks out of the cockpit, that first lap on tomorrow is going to feel absolutely sensational,” he added.
First Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 14:09