Keep pushing till the very end seems to be Lewis Hamilton's motto on the track; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't – the race in Monza being a case in point. Despite crashing out of the Italian Grand Prix on the last lap and missing out on a certain third place finish, Hamilton
doesn't regret his attitude.
"It's just part of my character and the way I am," Hamilton told ESPN's Racing-Live from Singapore on Wednesday morning. "Always, in whatever I've done, especially when it's competing, I've always had something inside me that wants to win that keeps me going."
The defending champion has been forced to reassess his goals this year: "We can't win the world championship; we can only win races, get pole positions and fastest laps for the rest of the season. Even if you don't win and still know that you gave it your all, it's such a great feeling.
"That's what keeps me going. I don't have any days where I don't want to push."
Looking forward to next season, when he hopes to take the title again, Hamilton openly welcomes the extended 2010 calendar which shows 19 rounds - pending the reinstatement of the Canadian Grand Prix.
"I know it's not all sorted yet, but I think it's great, the more the merrier for me as far as races are concerned. I love to go to new places, to explore new cities and to race on fantastic new tracks is what it's all about for a racer."
The 2010 season holds the potential of 14 teams competing on the track.
Although there have never been more than 22 cars on the grid for the duration of his career, he believes that an extended field can again only be good for the sport as long as F1 doesn't lose the competitive edge that makes it special.
Although expansive on many subjects, Hamilton could not be drawn on the recent Renault scandal that has rocked the pit lane.
"I really haven't followed the case," he said. "I want to stay focused on the job at hand and concentrate on the racing."
However he did have words of encouragement for his former GP2 rival Nelson Piquet Jnr as he struggles to find another race seat in F1 following his role in the 'Crash-gate' affair.
"He's a good driver and he's had a great career, so who knows," Hamilton said. "He's still very young, but he's experienced and he'll take it in his stride. For sure, there are opportunities for him in the future and I can only wish him the best."
Lewis Hamilton was speaking to ESPN's Racing-Live as part of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes pre-race phone-in.