SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium - Lewis Hamilton hopes Singapore can be a springboard for success in the battle to rein in Red Bull's runaway Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel chalked up his fifth win in 11 races at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday and moved 46 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with eight rounds remaining.
The German is 58 points ahead of 2008 champion Hamilton, who moved up to third overall for Mercedes following Kimi Raikkonen's first retirement in his Lotus, and a fourth successive title is beckoning.
"That's big gap, a huge gap. It's going to be very tough to close that but I'm going to keep pushing," said Hamilton, who finished third at Spa behind Alonso and Vettel after starting on pole position.
Italy is next up, the final round of the European season at the fastest track of all, before Formula One heads east to Singapore, South Korea and Japan and circuits more suited to Hamilton's Mercedes.
"The guys will work over the next few days to try and understand where we were slower (in Belgium). Eau Rouge was particularly slow for us and down the straights," said Hamilton.
"Maybe we will be able to unlock something before the next race but if not then I'm hoping that Singapore onwards will be much better."
Hamilton won the previous race in Hungary, one of the slowest tracks, and has been on pole for four races in a row. He was seen before Spa - a circuit that has ranked among Red Bull's weakest - as the man most likely to take the fight to Vettel.