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Hamilton defends driving style

ESPNF1 Staff
June 24, 2011 « Rule changes should have been postponed - Boullier | »
Lewis Hamilton says "I loves the way I race" © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton has defended his driving style after criticism for the recent form that has seen him take just eight points from the last two races.

Hamilton was penalised twice by the stewards in Monaco for ill-fated overtaking attempts on Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado, while he also tapped Mark Webber in to a spin in Canada before colliding with his team-mate Jenson Button. Hamilton, however says he would never consider making wholesale changes to his driving style because it is what got him in to Formula One in the first place.

"I love the way I race," Hamilton told The Times. "While it will catch me out every now and then, it is what got me the World Championship. It is what has got me here. People tend to forget that it is what got me to the front. If I wasn't able to race the way I race, I wouldn't be known for who I am today.

"If there was no overtaking, there would be no things to question. Now there is more and more overtaking. You are doing 20 manoeuvres over a period of races and, of course, a couple of those are going to be questionable. But if you step back, you learn from it and you try not to do the same again."

Hamilton also played down rumours linking him with a move to Red Bull, telling Auto Motor und Sport that his meeting with Christian Horner in Canada was not a move to get more money out of McLaren, but that he saw himself agreeing a new deal by the end of the season.

"Of course, there are always positives and strengths you can have to help you in negotiations with your team, but that wasn't the aim. I don't see myself in that team (Red Bull). Definitely, hopefully, by the end of the year I'll have something in place and I can continue on."