Date: 2nd September 2014 at 7:42am
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Lewis Hamilton finds himself 29 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as the Formula One circus arrives in Italy.

It’s the largest deficit that Hamilton has had this season, with the kick in the teeth being that 18 points of the gap was solely down to the actions of Rosberg in Belgium.

The championship leader later admitting that he consciously opted against avoiding a collision with Hamilton, which inevitably caused a puncture for Hamilton ending his Grand Prix.

For many Lewis Hamilton has been the driver of the championship this season [alongside the sensational Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull Racing], but bad luck, mechanical issues and the incident in Belgium has left him on the back foot as they arrive in Monza.

He has of course already once this season overturned a 25 point gap following the opening race, he did that over the course of the following four races, so with 7 races to go, plus double points in Abu Dhabi, there is still time for Hamilton.

‘The Italian Grand Prix is always a special one for me in terms of the memories I have there – going right back to my early career. The karting championships used to race in Italy quite often and it’s also where I met Nico – so that’s where our rivalry really began. Monza is such a historic circuit and to win there is a really special feeling. I had that experience in 2012 and I’d love to do it again in 2014,’ Hamilton was quoted by Sky Sports.

‘Hopefully we can reward them [the fans] with some exciting racing. My aim for the weekend, of course, is to claw back the gap in the Drivers’ Championship. It’s as big as it’s been all season so I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me – but anything can happen in this sport. I won’t give up until the flag drops in Abu Dhabi and there’s still plenty of points to be won before then, so it’s far from over yet.’