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Formula One: Lewis Hamilton eyes next title tilt

By Ian Parkes

Lewis Hamilton has already started to turn his mind towards next year's Formula One world title campaign.

Hamilton finished a disappointing fourth in the Italian Grand Prix to leave himself 126 points adrift of Sebastian Vettel after the German claimed his eighth win of a dominant year.

With only 150 points available, it was a downbeat Hamilton that assessed the glaring realisation this year's championship is all but over.

Asked for his target for the remainder of the season, Hamilton said: “To finish the rest of the races, and also work hard on trying to make sure next year's car is quick.

“We're still pushing for this year, but it would be sensible to focus on making sure next year's car is faster than this year's car.”

The McLaren star appeared to take a degree of satisfaction from the fact he had merely finished the race at Monza.

After a tough 24-lap duel with Michael Schumacher, Hamilton finally edged past the German.

“I'm glad I finished the race,” added Hamilton.

“I showed people I can drive cleanly and not get into trouble even if the guy in front makes it very difficult for me.

“I got by eventually and made it stick, so it was good.”

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