Lewis Hamilton has reminded fans that the battle for the 2021 World Championship is far from over following his second place in the United States Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver chased down title rival Max Verstappen during the latter stages of the race but, in the final laps, Verstappen was able to pull out the gap again and take the victory. This means that Verstappen is now 12 points ahead of Hamilton in the Drivers' standings.
In light of this, Hamilton shared some positive words with his Instagram followers by stating "It's not over!!", before posting a reflective message about missed chances but using this to come back stronger.
"A day of reflection today," Hamilton wrote. "We gave it our all yesterday, but with hindsight you notice there is always more you can or could have done.
"So we assess, regroup, recharge and fight on! There is still time, there are still obstacles, but together we can achieve anything we put our minds to.
"Let's keep pushing – that means all of you out there!! Stay fit, stay strong, stay focused and still we rise!!"
Hamilton previously said that he wasn't thinking too much about the gap to Verstappen in the standings, and was instead choosing to focus on one race at a time.
"I'm not thinking about [the gap] at the moment," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "I [have] got to be happy with the job that I did today and live in the moment.
"Unfortunately, we weren't quick enough to win the race. [I've] just got to look forward and just take it one race at a time.
"There are two circuits [Mexico and Brazil] that are strong for Red Bull, so we'll just try and minimise how strong they can be compared to us and see if we can do a better job."
The next race on the 2021 F1 calendar is Mexico, which takes place on 5-7 November.
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