Lewis Hamilton is keen to put his disastrous European Grand Prix behind him with a strong run in Hungary, the Brit looking for a result that will reassert his authority on the overall standings.

Hamilton's advantage is down to just two points after a myriad of problems blighted his speed at the Nurburgring, his ninth place finish going a long way to explaining a series of events that stretched from an errant wheel in qualifying, as well as a spin and a wrong tyre choice in the race.

Nonetheless, Hamilton remains in the lead of he standings and heads to Hungary on the back of a productive test at Jerez where he proved comfortably the quickest of the drivers over the three-day period.

He also heads to the tight and twisty Hungaroring basking in the memory of his drive there in GP2 last season when he finished tenth having started plum last, before then working his way up to the podium in the second race.

"We had a productive test in Jerez. I was there for a day and spent the time focusing on set-up and development work for Hungary, in the hot and dusty conditions. Following a mistake on my out lap in qualifying, I started at the back of the grid in GP2 here last year.

"It was not a great start to the weekend, but I managed to work my way back up through the field, which was a good learning experience of the track, how to drive it and where it is possible to pass, which is notoriously difficult.

Although not one of the more popular circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, Hamilton's GP2 experience has not skewed his opinion of the infamous 'dust bowl', the Brit instead labelling it as a 'classic'.

"I quite like the circuit; it is quite quick considering how tight it is. It is a real classic as well. You have gradient changes, some high and low speed corners and a good chicane up the back. There is one bump right at the back, which is so easy to catch you out, that is what happened to me in qualifying last year.

It is a race Hamilton's is confident of winning too, the low speed characteristics of the Monaco Grand Prix suggesting McLaren could well have the momentum swing back in their favour in Hungary again.

"We have as good a chance as anyone at the race. We have a great car and it is important that I go with a clear mind and the same approach as normal, but there is no reason why we can't go there and win."

 

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