Three-time Hungary winner Lewis Hamilton
is heading into this weekend's Grand Prix with high hopes that his proven form at the Hungaroring
will give him just the boost he needs to clinch his first win of 2013, and what would be his maiden win for new team Mercedes.
"I have always enjoyed the Hungaroring
and it's a track that I have been lucky enough to win at three times so far," said Hamilton. "I love the layout of the circuit and Budapest is a really cool city which has a great atmosphere over the race weekend."
Hamilton was less than happy after the German Grand Prix, which saw him start from pole position but quickly drop down the running order before having to settle for fifth place at the finish.
The Mercedes W04's heavy use of the Pirelli tyres was one factor and Hamilton was also frustrated that the team was not allowed to participate in the three-day test session at Silverstone last week that tried out the latest 2013 tyre compounds that will be in use this weekend.
"It will be an important weekend for us and we need to get off to a good start on Friday when we have the chance to try the new tyres for the first time," he said.
Team principal Ross Brawn said that "Everyone has been working very hard to investigate our tyre sensitivities ahead of the elevated temperatures that we will undoubtedly experience this weekend in Budapest.
"Friday will also be our first opportunity to work with the new tyres on our car, so we have a great deal to learn in a short space of time," Brawn added.
"I've spent some time at the factory since we returned from Germany," contributed Hamilton. "I know that everyone there is working really hard to improve our overall performance and to address the issues that we experienced at the last race. It would be great to reward all of that effort with a strong weekend in Budapest and I'll certainly be pushing to make that happen."
Hamilton has won at the Hungaroring
in 2007, 2009 and 2012, twice from pole position. That puts him only one win behind Michael Schumacher, who holds the record for the most number of wins at the 2.722-mile, 14-corner track which has hosted 28 Grand Prix races since it was first added to the calendar in 1986.