Lewis Hamilton is now adopting an all-out attack approach to the world championship battle.
On the back of his retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix that dented his title hopes, Hamilton says all he can do now is push hard to win every race.
"In terms of the championship, there's nothing to really be gained by analyzing the points tables, from now on, it's simply gloves-off," said Hamilton ahead of next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.
"As in Singapore, I'll come out fighting, I'll just be hoping for a better result next weekend."
Hamilton is currently 52 points adrift of championship leader Fernando Alonso with six races to go.
McLaren has high hopes that its car will be well suited to the Suzuka circuit, where Jenson Button triumphed last year.
Button feels upbeat about the team's chances ahead of a race weekend that will be the first since Hamilton announced he will be leaving to join Mercedes in 2013.
"We go to Japan with a car that I feel convinced can fight for victory - it should be another good weekend," he said.