Lewis Hamilton says he is eager to put the disappointment of Abu Dhabi behind him to challenge for victory in the United States Grand Prix next weekend.
The McLaren man was leading at Yas Marina before being forced into retirement with a fuel pressure issue – marking the second time in five races that he had been forced to stop while leading.
Eager to put that disappointment behind him, Hamilton will seek to become the first man to win at the Circuit of the Americas and add to the victory he took when F1 last raced on US soil at Indianapolis back in 2007.
“It's crazy to think that the last United States Grand Prix was five years ago!” he said. “It's a race I still remember like yesterday, though – the nervy anticipation as I drove into the Speedway for the very first time, the thousands of supportive fans, and the fantastic car I had beneath me that enable me to take my second grand prix victory in the space of a week. For me, those were incredible, thrilling times.
“I have to admit – I'm absolutely made-up that we're going back to the States. It's a fantastic country and a place where our sport truly deserves to be. I think the Circuit Of The Americas looks like it could also be the place that modern Formula 1 finally calls home. I've only driven it on the computer and in the sim, but I think it's going to be a track that drivers enjoy, which produces some great, close racing, and which fans will quickly love.
“This is a new circuit, a new challenge and a new opportunity – I'm definitely looking to be the first grand prix winner at the Circuit Of The Americas.”
Team boss Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile said he was sure that both Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button would be strong in the USA.
“With Lewis, we won the last grand prix to be held in the United States back in 2007,” he said. “After a strong, but ultimately disappointing, performance in Abu Dhabi last week, I know that both Lewis and Jenson head to Austin, determined to pick up the baton and return us to the top step of the podium.
“This should be a great race for Formula 1.”