Following on from one of his finest career victories last time out at the Nurburgring, Fernando Alonso heads to the eleventh round of the Formula 1 World Championship in Hungary with his head held high.

His first win since Monaco, Alonso's last gasp victory in Germany in tricky conditions was alone enough to reaffirm his status as a double world champion following a handful of rounds that had placed question marks over his ability at McLaren following the arrival of Lewis Hamilton.

However, with Hamilton experiencing an erratic weekend at the Nurburgring, Alonso's win now means just two points separate the two heading to the Hungaroring, a venue with plenty of happy memories for the Spaniard for it was here in 2003 that he became the youngest ever winner of a Formula 1 race.

Since then, Alonso has scored 17 more victories, with that win at the Nurburgring spurring him on to hope for another win in Hungary.

"It was great to take the win in Germany and I hope to achieve the same result in Hungary. I have some good memories from this track, as I took my first Formula 1 victory in Hungary; however last year was not so good! It was a challenging race, with the time penalty that meant I started in 15th, making it up to take the lead and then dropping out. Despite this the track will always be special to me.

With Monaco proving closest than any other circuit to the characteristics of the tight and twisty Hungaroring, Alonso is confident McLaren's domination of that race back in May will prove an indicator of their form this weekend.

"I usually enjoy the race so am looking forward to racing there this year with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. It is a very slow track but also tough physically because of the conditions, which are usually very hot.

"Also, because of all the corners, it is constant fighting with the steering wheel and you have to have great traction for the exit phase of the corners, which is where we can find the speed. The MP4-22 has performed well at this type of track so far this season, so I am feeling positive for the race."

 

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