Lewis Hamilton is hoping to ride his wave of momentum to rise to the top of the F1 drivers' championship for the first time this season but anticipates the usual tough challenge from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and a larger threat from both Ferrari and Red Bull.
The defending F1 world champion has eroded Rosberg's lead down to just a single point and is riding high having claimed four wins in the last five races.
Hamilton feels with a trouble-free race weekend and the 'wave he's surfing' the British driver is in a confident mood of claiming a fifth win in Hungary and with it the outright record of most wins at the track which he currently shares with Michael Schumacher.
“The feeling of being 43 points behind and being one point behind there's a big difference for sure,” Hamilton said. “The last two races, when you go from one strength to another, there's an incredibly powering feeling and motivating and inspiring, the last race was just still the greatest week that I've had as long as I can remember.
“Hopefully I'll ride that good wave into this weekend and plan to catch the next good one. Sometimes you have to wait for the waves to come and sometimes they don't come. When you catch it it's the greatest feeling and that's very much how it is right now, I happen to be on the top of that wave.”
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Due to the Hungaroring's track characteristics playing upon downforce and drag Hamilton expects Mercedes' main rivals to be much closer than at power-dependent circuits and having seen both Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo increased performance in Austria and Britain is relishing the challenge of an intense battle.
“The step in change seen we've not made that in development,” he said. “As far as here it's a downforce and drag sensitive circuit, and we believe that Red Bull design their car to a higher downforce than we do because it's not really needed in most places. We think Ferrari do also, so it's definitely a track where we believe the gap will be really close which I think is great for racing.
“Having the pace I have now and been able to utilise in the past few races and I also plan to utilise in the next couple of races. Generally feel good and I have this engine for the next few races so I am hoping it holds together otherwise that is another big pot hole in the season and I am hoping to avoid that.”