Hamilton not Worried About Ferrari Threat

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has been breaking record after record in his budding Formula One career. At the European Grand Prix though, he broke his own record of finishing in the top three in every race that he has participated in Formula One. The British driver not only failed to finish in the top three, but also failed to take even a single point after he finished ninth.

Although Hamilton's lead of twelve points going into the European Grand Prix is now only two points over teammate Fernando Alonso, the young rookie sensation just smiled at his disastrous European Grand Prix. Hamilton is also not worried about the threat of Ferrari drivers which have shown resurgence at the past three races.

Kimi Raikkonen's back-to-back wins prior to the European Grand Prix and his pole position in Saturday's qualifying does not make Hamilton worry. Ferrari already has five wins and McLaren also has five but the pair of McLarens is ahead of the Ferrari duo due to consistent points finishes.

But with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen showing signs of resurgence, Hamilton and Alonso are facing a tougher challenge from the Ferrari drivers for the drivers' championship standings. "I'm not worried about the Ferraris," is what Hamilton has to say about this resurgence.

The British driver though does not underestimate the speed of the Ferrari cars. On the other hand, he is also confident of the capabilities of their own cars. "Obviously, they are extremely quick and competitive, but I don't think we should underestimate our own pace and I'll just try to do the best job I can," said Hamilton.

At the European Grand Prix, Hamilton's disastrous weekend started in qualifying on Saturday. A malfunctioning tire gun lead to an accident caused by the loose front wheels. The crash almost sidelined Hamilton but he was cleared for the race. His best time though was only good for tenth place.

"At a certain point you're just a passenger, so you just hold on for dear life," said Hamilton talking about his crash. "When you hit the wall you hope it's not so painful. But it was very, very painful in my chest and legs. I waited for a while before I got out. Eventually I was able to climb out, but then I had problems with my legs. I think with the shock I couldn't stand up. I was conscious. I was just in pain in my chest."

Although his car's other racing parts which are made by the same makers of high quality remain intact for the race on Sunday, the rain prevented him from finishing higher than ninth.

After his disappointing weekend, the championship leader showed why he is considered one of the classiest drivers in Formula One. Hamilton, smiling after his ninth place finish, did not even try to put the blame on anyone or anything but instead turned the negative into positive.

"I came here completely sick, had one of the biggest crashes I've ever had, suffered a puncture, rain, went off in the gravel, more rain. It was a great weekend for learning. I have probably had less than 500km in the wet, hardly anything at all. It's all new to me. I hope this bad luck out of the way. I'm still leading the world championship and find that quite amusing after everything that has happened. I had more fun than in the past nine races put together," he blurted.

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