Hamilton: I’ve got Massas of respect for Felipe

Lewis Hamilton has graciously said that he still respects his rival Felipe Massa after the pair had angry confrontations both on and off the track at last Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

The McLaren man left the circuit in his overalls and without completing his media duties after Massa, grabbed him by the shoulders and gave him a dressing down during an interview with German television.

"He [Massa] was a bit angry ... he was a bit forceful at the end,’ said Brit Hamilton, ‘but I just ignored it and moved on.

 This is the most competitive sport in the world. And there are going to be instances like this. I have a lot of respect for Felipe still, regardless of how he has behaved.’

It hasn’t been a good season for Hamilton, a fact his boss Martin Whitmarsh acknowledged before the Singapore race. His teammate Jenson Button is the only driver who can is still technically has a possibility of catching runaway leader Sebastian Vettel. ‘Jenson is doing a great job,’ Hamilton acknowledged. ‘I am not really going to even try and compete with him anymore (in 2011) because he has deserved it.

 He has done better than me right through the season and even if I did well in the remaining five races, it wouldn't matter.’

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