McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has said his priority in Valencia next weekend will be to 'reverse' his recent run of 'bad luck'.
Hamilton's last two events have been trying to say the least and after his latest escapades in Montreal his driving again come under the microscope, with Niki Lauda arguing that the McLaren-Mercedes star is 'completely mad' and that his style 'will result in someone getting killed' [see separate story - click here
]. Although a number of people have also come to his defence - including F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who asserted that 'people have been wrong to rubbish Lewis' [see separate story - click here
] - Hamilton himself has conceded that he needs a weekend without incident.
“For me, Valencia will be a weekend of consolidation after two disappointing results in Monaco and Canada,” said the 26-year-old in the countdown to the eighth round on the F1 2011 schedule.
“Those two races were particularly frustrating for me because we showed we had the pace to win both of them, yet I only came away with eight points.
“Still, I'm really pleased that Jenson [Button – my team-mate] drove a brilliant race to win in Canada; after his bad luck in Monte-Carlo, he more than deserved this result. It was a great result for the team, too.”
Historically Hamilton has always shined at the Valencia Street Circuit and a return to the podium next Sunday would provide a welcome boost for the F1 2008 world champion.
“I've always gone well at Valencia, finishing second there in every race,” he added, “and I really enjoy attacking the track.
“It's a difficult circuit with no let-up, but that won't deter me as I'm really keen to get back on track and get back in the points.
“This race will be our third street circuit in a row, so hopefully it'll give me the chance to reverse the bad luck I've encountered in the previous two! We've arguably had the fastest race car in the last three races, and that's encouraging because I know that, when it's put to best use, I should be able to finish at the front. As always, that will be my goal.”