Heartbroken Hamilton aiming for the joy of six

By on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Photo credit: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton's retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix leaves him fifty-two points adrift of Fernando Alonso in the championship fight, but the Brit insists that he won't give up.

Hamilton retired a third of the way through the race with a gearbox failure.

"It’s heart-breaking not to have finished the race today. We definitely had the pace to win this weekend. In fact, before I retired, I was cruising; just managing the gap back to Seb [Vettel]."

Hamilton took solace from the pace of his McLaren MP4-27 and sent out a warning shot to his rivals.

"There are six more races, and I need to go and win all six. I’ll fight until the end."

Jenson Button profited from his team-mate's misfortune to pick up second, but felt a win slipped through his grasp.

"During the first stint, I even thought I had a chance of winning because I was able to go longer than the cars around me. But then they didn’t seem to struggle much on the harder tyre, so the advantage swung away from me", he said. "I had a good second stint, but the harder tyre didn’t feel quite as good for me [as the softer tyre]. Then I didn’t really have good balance in the final 10 laps"

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