Lewis Hamilton believes the problems he has experienced this year are mainly of his own making and that he has great respect for Felipe Massa.
“I think it’s a combination of things,” the McLaren driver said. “I put most of it down to myself and of course, there are times that you find yourself a little bit unfortunate.”
“But whether it could be a yellow flag or something like that or traffic, it’s not really any excuse, we all have to do it, we all have to do the job.
“Others are able to do it, so I think it’s just been a lack of some pace, a lack of some being in the right place at the right time so that’s what we’re working towards improving.”
Hamilton was keen to stress his great respect for rival Massa despite several incidents which have caused some angry reactions from the Ferrari driver.
“The situation has not been great for some time now,” Hamilton revealed. “I’ve always had respect for Felipe and still do today, regardless of the negative comments that he’s constantly coming up with.
“It’s easy, in this sport, when you’re competitive and in the heat of the moment, to say things that perhaps you don’t mean, whether or not he does mean them.
“But regardless, I’ve tried to show respect, particularly in the last race, I’m very, very sorry for that. I really didn’t see him.
“I’ve just seen the replay today and he was quite far up the outside of me but out of my mirrors, I can’t see a thing, and I was looking to the right and I couldn’t see him, so by the time I realised he was on the left it was too late,” Hamilton added.
“I think I’ve been in the wrong place in the last few races. We’ve had the car to be quite a bit further ahead as Jenson [Button] showed and so perhaps if I was doing the right job I wouldn’t be in this situation with Felipe but again, just all due respect and I hope that in the future we can put our guards down and he can be cool with me again. I’m cool with him, so I have no problems with him.”
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