Along with three of his rivals, Lewis Hamilton’s Belgian Grand Prix lasted just a matter of seconds before he was eliminated from the race. The defending champion is seventh in the championship and while he can mathematically still retain his crown, he is fully aware that he cannot
be a championship challenger every season. However, his target for the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix remains the top step of the podium.
"I know I’ve been very lucky - for the past two seasons, I’ve been in with a shot at the championship right until the end of the last race of the season, so obviously this year feels a bit different," he told his official website. "I might have missed out at Spa, but I really want to win Monza and see how competitive we’ll be in the flyaways. I’ll still be going for it, trying to get every single point I can. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m not going to put the title out of my mind until I know that it’s mathematically impossible.”
With the demise of the old Hockenheim circuit, the Italian Grand Prix is now unique in its low downforce, high speed nature. Hamilton believes that this could shake up the order once again.
"We’ve got a low-downforce package for Monza and some more upgrades ahead of Singapore, so I think we’ll be in the hunt among the front-runners," he continued. “I think Monza is going to be quite a bit different from in the past because we’re not testing there before the race. In previous years, there was always a big test at Monza before the race and that allowed you to get the balance right and, as a driver, to get yourself prepared for the high speeds of the track.
“Now, we’ll be arriving ‘cold’ on Friday morning and it will take a bit of work for everyone to get their cars working properly and just to get used to the lack of downforce. That could have a very interesting effect on the order, particularly if the weather affects running, like it did last year.”