Following a disappointing conclusion to his Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton is determined to restore some of his championship lead as the Formula 1 pack head to Monza for the 13th round of the season.

A circuit that brings back many happy memories for the Brit, Hamilton secured the GP2 Series crown there last season and in turn began a twelve month stint that has changed his life.

A year down the line, Hamilton holds a slender five point lead over McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso in the standings with five rounds remaining and it is a margin he is keen to increase as he embarks on the penultimate European race of the season.

Not that he finds Monza, the fastest track on the calendar, a particularly easy circuit to master, although with McLaren setting the pace during this week's test, Hamilton's hopes are high.

"Monza is a very historic circuit, so it is quite special when you go there for any driver. It is a great track, you have the long, long straights and some great high speed corners. I had my first race there last year in GP2 and it was a very memorable weekend because it was where I won the Championship. Hopefully this year I will have just as good a race and great memories for the future.

"I remember it is not an easy track to get a good set-up at, so the test this week was very useful. It is really tough on the cars, and you have to use the kerbs a lot to get quick lap times. Because of this we have a softer suspension package to make the car ride over them better so we can use them more and in a bid to avoid any damage.

"Slowing the cars down with the incredibly low downforce is not easy, and the balance under braking is key. This was another area we worked on in the test."

 

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