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Hamilton seeks to maintain momentum

Lewis Hamilton hopes to extend McLaren's strong history in Hungary with as second successive F1 win
Lewis Hamilton says the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend can't come soon enough as he seeks to build on his victory at the Nurburgring.

In the first of back-to-back races, Hamilton stormed to his second win of the year in Germany after a race long battle with Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.

Although he still sits 82 points behind Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton's success in Germany – coming after Alonso won at Silverstone – has suggested that there is still life in the 2011 title race and the McLaren man said he was keen to maintain the momentum he build in Germany when he takes to the track at the Hungaroring.

“After my win at the Nurburgring on Sunday, the Hungarian Grand Prix can't come soon enough,” he said. “The team performed brilliantly last weekend and I want to maintain that momentum at the Hungaroring.

“It's going to be a completely different challenge. The weather conditions will be much hotter than they were at the 'Ring and the nature of the circuit will be very different too. The Hungaroring is a tight and twisty racetrack, not dissimilar to Monaco in terms of downforce levels, and it offers no let up for the drivers. We're always working behind the wheel, so it's very physical.

“I've always gone well in Hungary. I like the circuit because it's old school. It has a very historic feel to it, with hills and bumps and cambers changes, and it has massive character.

“There wasn't much between McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull in Germany. It's going to be fascinating to see which team holds the advantage next weekend.”

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh said he was hopeful of more success in Hungary for McLaren, which has won at the circuit more than any other F1 team.

“Lewis proved at the Nurburgring that he's at the top of his game at the moment,” he said. “He was perfect in qualifying and perfect again in the race, and when he's in that kind of form he's very difficult to beat.

“McLaren has won at the circuit nine times, which is more than any other team, and we'll be looking to add to that tally on Sunday.”



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Ham fan - Unregistered

July 27, 2011 1:09 PM

@ Victor, Superior to B.Senna maybe, he's still got a long way to go to prove he is superior to A.Senna, also I can't see anything wrong with his commitment to racing, he just needs to reign in his frustrations, be more patient and think before he speaks.



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