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Published: 12:45 | 26/9/16

Hamilton hoping for change in momentum

Lewis Hamilton is hoping the 'momentum will swing back to him' as he looks to regain the lead in the drivers' championship.

Having lead by 19 points going into the summer break, Hamilton now finds himself eight points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg, who has won the last three races on the bounce.

Hamilton struggled throughout the Singapore Grand Prix weekend but he managed to finish on the podium and the reigning world champion hopes he can turn things around, beginning with this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

“Singapore was a difficult weekend for me, so to come away with a podium in the circumstances was pretty good damage limitation," Hamilton said in a team preview.

" Ultimately, Nico did an exceptional job and I didn’t have my best weekend. But that’s the way it goes. We’re both fiercely competitive. Some weekends he does great, some weekends I do great. It’s a combination of things that all come together to make a strong weekend and every one is different.

"I have no idea if the momentum will swing back to me or when it might. But we still have six races left, so I just have to keep giving it my all and hope for the best."

While his team-mate has struggled in recent weeks, Rosberg has enjoyed a strong run of results but the German is wary of getting carried away.

"It’s an incredible position to be in as a driver, knowing you have a shot at winning every weekend. I won’t take it for granted," he said.

"I’ve had a good run lately and I’m enjoying the moment. But as far as the next race goes, or the next one after that and so on… it’s anyone’s game. Red Bull and Ferrari are both pushing us really hard, so there will be some tough weekends ahead.

"It’s exciting for the fans and pushes us even harder to keep improving, so that’s a great thing. Malaysia didn’t work out perfectly for us last year, so if we can win it this time against such tough opposition that would be really awesome."

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