3 July 2015
F1 British Grand Prix: Hamilton expecting ‘hard weekend’
Lewis Hamilton expects no quarter to be given by team-mate Nico Rosberg, but remains determined to give the Silverstone crowd a third home win.
Lewis Hamilton does not expect Mercedes team-mate – and F1 title rival – Nico Rosberg to make things easy for him this weekend, but remains determined to take a third British Grand Prix victory to re-extend the points gap between them.
Hamilton comes into his home race with a reduced ten-point advantage over Rosberg after the German controlled the Austrian Grand Prix a fortnight ago, but insists that he remains happy with his level of performance in recent races, despite three of the last four having gone his rival's way.
“Every weekend, you feel like you want to get back to it,” he said, “I feel really happy with my performance over the last few weekends, moreso perhaps than in other years, where I've been happy with the performance at some points. The last couple of races, I've had some ups and downs, but the good thing is that, from the mishaps that happen, we study and analyse them and either fix them or make improvements to ensure they don't happen again.”
A clutch problem at the start in Austria cost Hamilton the chance to capitalise on pole position, and recent British grands prix have not been too kind to the Mercedes team, with each driver having suffered a technical setback in the past two years, but Hamilton is confident that the two Silver Arrows will again be battling at the front.
“It's going to be a very hard weekend for sure, as Nico has been very quick,” he admitted, “I can't say who is going to be our main competitor this weekend, but it's going to be all about a big qualifying and extracting the most from the race.
“I think, the last couple of years, I've not really done spectacularly in qualifying and one year it's been difficult for Nico, with a power issue, and the other it was me [who had problems], so I'm hoping we can just have a race where we can just fight for the whole race.”
The Briton insisted that he opted to miss the recent Austrian test in order to get some medical check-ups and arrive at Silverstone 'at 100 per cent', but suggested that Rosberg's programme included a simulation of the problem that he had suffered on the start-line three days earlier. With that now apparently addressed by the Mercedes team, Hamilton heads for his home race in good mood, looking forward to benefiting from the massed support.
“Every chance you get to win here is as important as any other,” he said when asked what a third 'home' victory would mean, “They're equally as special and can't be any more special than the previous ones. The first one, I was fortunate to win in very different circumstances [to now], while last year was insane with the support I got. It's your home race and you want to win.”
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