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Hamilton still backing his title hopes

Lewis Hamilton believes he needs to rediscover the consistency of his rookie season if he is to challenge for the world title.

Lewis Hamilton still believes he can challenge for the world championship despite making some mistakes this season.
Lewis Hamilton still believes he can challenge for the world championship despite making some mistakes this season.

SILVERSTONE // Lewis Hamilton believes he needs to rediscover the consistency of his rookie season if he is to bounce back in the battle for this year's drivers' championship. Hamilton, 23, has thrown away points at three race weekends this season after mistakes in Bahrain, Canada and France, and the McLaren driver admits better performances are needed as the season reaches its midway point with Sunday's British Grand Prix.

He sits just 10 points shy of the championship leader Felipe Massa after eight rounds, and said: "I have had a few no-scores but so also have the two Ferrari drivers. "I think consistency is going to be important as we head into the second half of the season, but I am only 10 points behind Massa and the maths is clear - you can make that up in a single race if all the cards fall in the right way.

"You can never take anything for granted. And that is why I'm still confident and focused. We have got 10 races remaining and 100 points to play for." * PA Sport