Date: 7th October 2011 at 9:53am
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Lewis Hamilton would be the first person to admit he has had a tough season in 2011.

He currently sits fifth in the drivers championship after suffering a number of penalties for on-track incidents.

Hamilton has become the most penalised driver on the grid, with more races than not ending with a trip to the race stewards to discuss his actions on the track.

In Malaysia Hamilton was given a post-race time-penalty for being adjudged to block Fernando Alonso.

In Monaco Hamilton was given a drive-thru penalty for an incident with Massa and then given a post-race time-penalty for a later incident with Maldonado.

In Canada Hamilton collided with team-mate Jenson Button which resulted in Hamilton retiring from the race.

In Hungary he received a drive-thru penalty for returning to the track in a dangerous manner according to the race stewards. Hamilton had been leading the race when he spun and when he recovered he forced Paul di Resta off the track.

In Belgium, Williams driver Maldonado deliberately collided with Hamilton during qualifying and then a collision with Kobayashi during the race forced his retirement.

While in Singapore a collision with Felipa Massa was penalised with another drive-thru penalty.

I think I have just been unfortunate, I’ve made some mistakes, and that is it. Jenson has done a good job, but people forget that I am only 17 points away from second, people also forget that all the people behind Sebastian are 100 plus points behind.’ Hamilton told Autosport Magazine.

The McLaren driver has been heavily criticised by his peers, former drivers and the media for his apparent over-aggressive driving style, which has for some is the reason why he has been involved in a few tangles this season.

The latest has been the high-profile falling out between himself and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, which has led to more criticism being given out to the 2008 Formula One World champion, not that Hamilton reads the press: ‘I don’t read any criticisms, but I know everyone here and around the rest of the world is writing stories, or I hear about them… I just live my life. I am happy. I’ve got great people in my life, I have great management, I have great family and friends, and people that I enjoy being around.

‘I have an amazing job, so I cannot really complain. Regardless of people writing **** about me, I will just keep my head focused on the main thing, which is to try and win races.’


If Hamilton can re-discover his winning form in the final few races of the season, the Brit could still claim the runners-up position in the drivers championship behind the dominant Sebastian Vettel.