Lewis Hamilton is confident he can reassert his authority over Nico Rosberg in the Monaco Grand Prix after having his lead in the Formula 1 World Championship standings trimmed last time out in Spain.
Having defeated Nico Rosberg in each of the opening four rounds, Hamilton was comprehensively outpaced by his Mercedes team-mate in Spain, his lead in the overall standings reduced 20 points heading to Monaco, where the German reigned supreme in 2014.
Indeed, despite his love for the place, Hamilton admits fortune hasn't always favoured him around the streets of the Principality, even if he was a winner back in 2008 en route to the first of his two world titles. Nonetheless, with Spain fresh in his mind, Hamilton has high hopes of clawing back the advantage this weekend.
“I didn't have the best weekend in Barcelona, so to come away with second was okay in terms of damage limitation and it meant another great result for the team with the one-two,” he said. “I'm now fully focused on Monaco - the race that everybody looks forward to and one I particularly love.
“It's the biggest challenge of the year for a driver and, when you get it right, that feeling is hard to beat. Building a rhythm right from the beginning of practice is so important, as you really need to feel your way into the circuit. You have to be inch perfect at every point, as the slightest slip can ruin your weekend. It's about pure driving skill and pure bravery behind the wheel, which for me is what makes it so special.
“Like Spain, it's another circuit where I haven't had the best of luck in the past - but I'm not interested in what's been and gone or in making any predictions. I'm just here to get in this fantastic car we have, race it hard and give it everything I've got, like always.”