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Hamilton: Hungarian GP impossible to call.

Lewis Hamilton will be gunning for a hat-trick of wins at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend, but despite having won the last two races at Silverstone and Hockenheim, the McLaren-Mercedes star is cautious about his prospects.

Hamilton has managed to pull out a four-point lead in the race for the 2008 drivers' title following his recent successes and while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa seem to be on the back-foot, he knows there is still a long way to go and that it would be foolish to make any predictions about how things will turn out at the Hungaroring.

The signs are, however, promising and not only does he have momentum on his side, but he also went well at Monaco and in Montreal earlier this season, two circuits that share similar characteristics to the Budapest track.

In addition he won this event last year, leading from start-to-finish, after the shenanigans in qualifying, which saw his then team-mate, Fernando Alonso moved back to sixth.

"I'm wary about making any strong predictions; yes, we were strong in the last two races, but we encountered difficulties in the two before that, so it's impossible to call it," noted Hamilton. "All I can say is that our car feels fantastic at the moment and I'm really enjoying driving it.

"It feels like you can keep fine-tuning it to extract more performance from it, which is a fantastic feeling for any racing driver."

Asked if he is starting to drive with an eye on the title now, Hamilton added that he has no plans to change his tactics – at least for Hungary anyway, which first hosted a F1 grand prix back in 1986.

"It's easy to say that you'll treat each race with a certain amount of respect. But the reality is that I haven't changed my style: it seems to work for me and I enjoy pushing hard to achieve a good result," he continued.

"That's when I feel I am operating at my maximum and it's potentially dangerous to start thinking about changing your approach at this point in the season. I'll be honest: my approach has served me fairly well so far and I'd need to give it some serious thought before attempting to change it. Let's just say it will be business as usual in Hungary this weekend."



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Dale - Unregistered

July 26, 2008 8:19 PM

I really wonder why there are so many LH haters out there. Sad, people sad, get a life. He certainly has one: maybe that's the reason? How you can hate someone whom you've never met and is a sports personality who will have zero impact on your little life is beyond me.



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