I’ve become an easy target, says Hamilton

MONZA, Italy, (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has had  enough of being an ‘easy target’ for his Formula One critics.

McLaren’s 2008 world champion said yesterday that he was  determined to bring back the good times, starting with Sunday’s  Italian Grand Prix, after the toughest season of his career.

A regular in the stewards’ room after a spate of crashes and  controversies that have overshadowed some typically thrilling  performances on the track, the Briton crashed out of the last  race in Belgium.

That was his second retirement of the year and, as he  recognised afterwards, he had only himself to blame.

“It’s just one of those years. I think everyone goes through  tough times and I’m going through that,” he told Reuters.

“What can I say? It’s the way of life. Good times will come,  and people will make less of the bad times.

“People always remember the bad times over the good times  for some reason, but I’m here to try and put things right and  have a much better weekend.”

Hamilton lasted less than a lap at Monza last year, after  clashing with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa at the start, but the  circuit has been a McLaren favourite over the years and he was  second in his debut season of 2007.

The Briton has had plenty of incidents since his stellar  debut in 2007 but this time has come in for more criticism —  perhaps because his frustration has contrasted with world  champion Sebastian Vettel’s cruise towards a second title.

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