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Hamilton hungry for continued Budapest success
24 July 2013
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.
"The Hungaroring is a very slow circuit with mainly low and medium-speed corners, which present an interesting technical challenge," agreed Brawn.
"The final race before the summer break is always a milestone for the team and an opportunity to review our performance before our staff enjoy a well-deserved break during the summer shutdown," he continued. "Our team are currently in second place in the constructors' championship with two race wins to date. However the season has not been without its challenges and we have had some very tough races.
"We want to finish the first half of the season on a high but the challenge facing us is clear," summed up the team principal.
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