Hamilton: I don’t really look at myself as a championship contender
25 July, 2013
Although he does not fancy himself as a title contender Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his third consecutive pole position in a row at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, but more than anything he would like to score his first win as a Mercedes driver in what he expects to be a tough race.
Speaking on the eve of the weekend in Budapest, Hamilton told reporters, “I don’t really look at myself as a championship contender at the moment, I’m fourth in the championship and as a team we are second in the Constructors’. But at the start of the season everyone was writing me off and then all of a sudden they changed their opinions and we’ve had some really good results due to the hard work we’ve been putting in.”
“We’re not giving up, we’ve got to keep pushing, and we hope that we get some wins in the races coming, but it’s going to be tough,” added the 2008 world champion. “But I’m really pleased with how the season has gone so far, especially compared to where the team was last year, it’s a massive step-up.”
Hamilton has won twice at Hungaroring, in 2007 and last year, but expects it to be tough going to take home a third winner’s trophy from the venue in Mogyoród.
“It’s going to be tough weekend definitely, the conditions will not help, and plus we have not driven the new tyres,” predicted the Briton.
Mercedes were banned from ther recent Silverstone test where rival teams sampled the new Pirelli tyres – a mix of 2012 and 2013 elements – which will be used in Hungary.
“We’ve got some catching up to do, but that’s what we do best and we’ve just got to work as hard as we can to try to understand the tyres and put ourselves in the best possible place,” concluded Hamilton. (GP247)
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