Yeongam, South Korea, Oct 16, 2011 (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton said his return to form in Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, where he finished second, was down to his own self-discipline and concentration -- and that he never questioned his ability or his attitude.
The 26-year-old Englishman had not finished on the podium in five successive races after winning in Germany in July and had faced mounting speculation about his driving-style and life-style.
But after ending Red Bull's season-long domination in qualifying by taking pole on Saturday, he drove a well-judged, if dogged, defensive race to finish behind victorious German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and ahead of his team-mate Australian Mark Webber.
"I would never question my belief in myself," he told reporters afterwards.
"That is not something that needs doing. I've got the trust and the confidence from the team so it is about trying to stay out of trouble, try and stay out of stewards' office, keep my head down and get better results."
He said he was not disappointed at being forced to concede first place on the opening lap when the super-fast Vettel attacked and flew past him.
"It was OK," he said of the race. "It wasn't too bad. Mark drove really well through the race and congratulations to Seb. They were massively quick throughout the weekend and in the race it was hard to catch Seb and overtake.
"In the race, I struggled. I had full lock everywhere and was struggling with under-steer, but it was good weekend for me compared to what I have had in the past so I am happy."