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."

As for the Hungaroring itself, which is as famous for its tight and twisting track configuration as its arid and scorching climate - both of which conspire to create a uniquely demanding event, Hamilton is more than aware that it is a complete contrast to the last round.

Indeed he was keen to point out that qualifying will be the key: "Hungary is very different from Germany; Hockenheim is a track that allows you to slipstream and pass other drivers fairly easily, the Hungaroring is the opposite of that. Qualifying will be crucial, and strategy will also be important in determining the optimum fuel-weight for the opening stint.

"It will be hot and tiring too, so keeping your focus and concentration will be vital. I don't go into this weekend surfing any particular wave of confidence: it's such a different type of circuit that it's difficult for anybody to feel certain about their chances," he summed-up.



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