Lewis Hamilton: I can still win

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton says that he can still win the Chinese Grand Prix despite his five-place demotion.

Lewis Hamilton believes that he can still win the Chinese Grand Prix despite the fact he will start no higher than sixth on the grid.

The 2008 World Champion has suffered a five-place grid demotion following a gear box change.

Hamilton said that the speed of his McLaren car means that he still has a fighting chance.

"We can still have a good weekend," the 27-year-old told Sky Sports News. "I started from third last year here and won, and in the last race the driver who won [Fernando Alonso] started quite far back, so anything is possible.

"I don't like starting at the back and not going anywhere, but if you have a quick car, which we do, then we still have a fighting chance from wherever I have to start.

"I'll try to minimise the damage by trying to qualify as high as possible."

Hamilton has finished on the podium in both races so far this season.

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