Lewis Hamilton had to concede Sunday that his bid for a second Formula One title is all but over after a "nightmare" weekend for the Mercedes driver at the Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who won at Monza last year, finished ninth Sunday after technical problems. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won to extend his lead in the standings to 53 points from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Hamilton trails the German driver by 81.
"It's awful when you are just empty of energy and have given everything for just two places and that's it for the championship now," said Hamilton, who had started 12th on the grid after a poor qualifying session on Saturday.
"It is a nightmare weekend for me. It's a real shame but these kind of things happen. It has been a good year, we're just going to keep pushing."
Hamilton had a slow puncture on his first set of tires that forced him to make an early stop on lap 13 of the race and change to a two-stop strategy. He also had radio problems, which meant he was unaware ...