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New approach is paying off, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton: I've scored points at every race, and I'm only eight points off the lead of the championship. That's a really encouraging statistic...

Lewis Hamilton remains convinced that consistency and scoring decent points is the best way to challenge for the 2012 F1 drivers' championship as the sport heads to Monaco for the most prestigious race on the calendar.

Hamilton stormed back to finish eighth in Spain last weekend, a brilliant performance considering he had to start last after he was stripped of pole for stopping out on track on his in-lap after an 'operational error' meant he didn't have enough fuel onboard.

Now looking to Monaco, the Englishman is keen to maintain a run that has seen him get in the top-ten in all five 2012 F1 races so far.

“It's important not to lose sight of the fact that, despite pushing for the win, consistency and scoring decent points is currently the most sensible way to tackle this world championship,” confirmed the McLaren driver.

“I've scored points at every race, and I'm only eight points off the lead of the championship. That's a really encouraging statistic and it's reassuring to see my approach is paying off.

“Nevertheless, I'm coming off the back of two relatively disappointing results [in Spain and Bahrain] and there would be no better place for the cards to fall in my favour now than at Monaco.”

As for what it is like to race at Monaco, Hamilton added it is a 'very special circuit': “It's up there with Silverstone as the place where I most want to do well at,” he continued.

“Even though Monaco has the slowest average speed of all the circuits we visit in a season, it always feels incredibly quick. That's because the acceleration is so rapid and the walls so close: there really is no room for error.

“Apart from the run-off at Ste Devote, and the tiny escape roads at Mirabeau and the harbour chicane, there's no room to make a mistake.

“But when the stakes are at their highest, I just find it more exciting,” summed-up the 2008 Monaco GP winner.



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12.05.2012- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
13.05.2012- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
13.05.2012- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
13.05.2012- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
12.05.2012- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 pole position
12.05.2012- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
21.04.2012.- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 2nd position

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westy - Unregistered

May 20, 2012 10:04 AM

you cant reli disagree with hammi here, i rekon he is the driver thats changed most into the 2012 season he had no choice but to change his approch and what a bloody good job his done credit where its due he has kept a very clear head not moaned half as much as j.b and looks very confident nice one lewisw hope it payus off at end of season cnt wait for monaco. :)

Taipan

May 20, 2012 3:34 PM

Nobody seems to have noticed that Monaco will be a note worthy day for the small epic one, it will be his 96th race for McLaren, the same number of races that Senna competed in at McLaren. Since some (including Lulu himself) likes to compare him with Senna this would seem a good time to do just that.... Senna - 35 wins from 96 races Lulu - 17 wins from 95 races Senna - 46 poles from 96 races Lulu - 21 poles from 95 races Senna - 3 WDC's Lulu - 1 WDC Hmm so unless Lulu manages to win 18 races, lands on pole 25 times and wins 2 WDC's all during the Monaco weekend the only thing that really compares is the colour of their helmets!



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