Lewis Hamilton says he is "determined" to add his name to the list of "all of the greats of Formula One" who have won at Suzuka at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

The championship leader has only finished on the podium once at Suzuka, with his only Japanese Grand Prix victory coming at the Fuji circuit. However, despite being in the midst of a title battle Hamilton says his primary focus is to win at a circuit where 18 of the last 19 winners have been F1 world champions.

"Suzuka is one of the races on the calendar that drivers love the most - and arguably one of the greatest tracks in the world," Hamilton said. "There's so much history and there have been so many defining moments there - like those unforgettable battles between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

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"I've never won at this circuit and have only made the podium once, on my first visit way back in 2009. I've had a couple of chances and last season was probably the best of those. This year, though, we have an exceptional car and I'm really hoping I'll finally have my shot at the top step. All the greats of Formula One have won at Suzuka since the sport first came there in the 1980s and I'm determined to add my name to that list this weekend."

Reflecting on his victory in Singapore which saw him take the championship lead as team-mate Nico Rosberg retired, Hamilton says he hopes reliability plays no further part in the battle for the drivers' title.

"Singapore was a good weekend for me. It's the first time in quite a few races that I've not had to fight through the pack to get a result which made life a lot easier. In the final stint, I had to clear Sebastian quickly after making the extra stop. But the car just felt fantastic and I could push whenever I needed to throughout the race.

"Of course, it was disappointing for the team to have another retirement but I know they have made this a priority moving forwards. It's levelled things up in the Drivers' Championship, so hopefully we'll now have a straight battle right to the flag in Abu Dhabi."

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If Hamilton wins at Suzuka it is no doubt the he is one of the all time great for winning a race against 1 person... his team mate... what a joke.

You all can think what you want, but I doubt if any of us has more insight than Alonso. If he says Hamilton is better than Vettel, I don't see how ANYONE here has a basis for saying different. Remember that Alonso saw Hamilton's telemetry for a year and could only manage to tie him. A rookie against a reigning WDC no less. So, when I see this silly B/S that appears here and other places, I know it isn't driven by the facts.

richard: paddy. sometimes you make some sense in your posts, but not his time! first of all , vettel did his driving the hard way! and never have i made any claim that any drive was "great". and the bull was never dominant. most cars were very much on a par, not like this year where the merc has no basic competition. and as for vettel being behind his teammate? where have you been? what with dnfs, and mechanical gremlins, he would be well ahead.
lulu has not had to work for his position in the wdc this year. if he wins this year, it will not be considered an honourable win, or a win due to ability. it would be an engineered result.[\blockquote]

You can't do 9 straight wins with a mediocre car unless you can walk on water. And trust me, Vettel cannot walk on water.

To find this quote, search for:

alonso-vettel-not-the-best-driver

"In my opinion," he is quoted by Italy's La Stampa, "Lewis Hamilton is the best driver.

"I don't know what problems Vettel is h

Taz:
cleon: Wish Lewis would stop talking and just drive. Yes he is a great and his name dose belong besides those greats who have won there before, but he needs to be a bit more subtle when telling people how he think things should go as it makes him seem arrogant . Shame really because driver for driver he is up there with the very best in F1 as Jenson the 2009 world champion as said.[\blockquote]

The only 'dose' lulu needs is a dose of humility.
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You world be asking for something that racing drivers, by nature, do not have.

107SS2009: This here newcomer to this site! (having popped-up aprox 12 weeks ago) also wrote in his post before last (which disappeared whiten 5 minutes) that Lulu matched a two times world champion in points in his first year, the answer is yes he did but you left out (convenient) that it was not only Lulu racing against the two time world champion (team mate) but the whole team. [\blockquote]

You are forgetting that Alonso and de la Rosa never shared the SpyGate information with Hamilton's side of the garage. Also, it was a match in poinst AND Wins...

rob01:
Don Hopings: You all can think what you want, but I doubt if any of us has more insight than Alonso. If he says Hamilton is better than Vettel, I don't see how ANYONE here has a basis for saying different. Remember that Alonso saw Hamilton's telemetry for a year and could only manage to tie him. A rookie against a reigning WDC no less. So, when I see this silly B/S that appears here and other places, I know it isn't driven by the facts.[\blockquote]

Alonso's also requested that Lewis be short fueled for qualifying when paired at McLaren. Not much coming out of his yap is usually true. His manager is St.Briatore so they are perfectly matched. In addition Alonso and Lewis have back slapped each other for years when it comes to Seb. Probably due to him shooting his fingers all over the place. Something that no one has missed this year.
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So, when the vast majority of people in and around F-1 say that Alonso is currently the best and the top tie

richard: bender. out of the box, the bull was not dominant. have a look at early season results. it was only when the car was developed during the year, that it became "dominant", and only in one of the four wcc years, and only in the hands of one driver. show me where vettel and webber where 1 and 2 in nearly every race.
now compare it to the merc, which from the very start, had something like 100 bhp more than any other team, and there is surprise if the mercs are not 1 and 2. and this has continued throughout the season, but others are slowly catching up.
i dont think that there has ever been a season where the title was guaranteed to be won by one or other of the drivers of one team.

so it is you who has lost all credibility! [\blockquote]

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