Lewis Hamilton admits it “would be incredible” if he were to win three grands prix in a row for the first time in his career.
Having only won back-to-back races on three occasions prior to this season, Hamilton arrives in Shanghai with arguably his best chance of making it a hat-trick of victories following his successes in Malaysia and Bahrain. Acknowledging that he's not always had the smoothest running in China, Hamilton said he's excited by the prospect of winning three races in a row.
“I've had some ups and downs in China,” Hamilton said. “On one side I've only finished outside of the podium places twice at this circuit. On the other, in my first season in Formula One I threw away a championship lead here by going into the gravel coming into the pits. Generally, though, I'm getting stronger every time I come to this track and it suits my driving style quite well. The aim, as always, is to win and if I could make it three in a row this weekend that would be incredible.”
With his win in Bahrain coming after a gripping battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg, Hamiton said the way Mercedes has started the season is motivating the team to continue its run of wins.
“It's been good to have a bit of a break after such a long stint away but I'm already looking forward to getting back in the car. The last race in Bahrain was fantastic: not just for us as a team but for the sport and I'm sure it won't be the last time we see a great show this year.
“I'm in a really good place at the moment and walking around the garage too, you can see the positive energy within the team right now. Everyone is focused on getting the maximum from these early races and continuing to build beyond the strong start we've made to the season.”