F1: Singapore Grand Prix win is Hamilton’s Raffles prize
A BUOYANT Lewis Hamilton heads to the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix looking to repeat last year’s success.
"The race should give us a clearer indication of exactly where we stand as the championship closes down over the next five races, but I definitely want to score as many points as possible in this grand prix."
Herts-born Formula 1 driver Hamilton won around the floodlight Marina Bay street circuit a year ago with a dominant drive from pole position.
That atoned for his last-lap accident in Monza at the 2009 Italian Grand Prix, where he crashed out of contention within sight of a podium finish.
Roll on 12 months and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star travels to the Far East nation in a similar boat, having ended up in the gravel on the opening lap – as opposed the final one – at Monza last weekend.
The 25-year-old from Tewin said: “I’ve already drawn a line under Monza. I’ve learnt from the experience and, while it was extremely disappointing, those things are sometimes what you need to sharpen your mind and raise your game and motivation at an extremely crucial time in the season.”
Of taking the chequered flag around a track that passes by the world famous Raffles Hotel, Hamilton added: “Winning in Singapore last year was one of the most satisfying victories of my Formula 1 career.
“The whole team pushed for that result right from the start of the weekend, we overcame a number of problems, and we never gave up until it was in the bag. Crossing the line was a brilliant feeling.”
Looking ahead to next Sunday’s race, Hamilton said: “It’s difficult to say accurately how competitive we’ll be in Singapore.
“If Monza most closely resembled a track like Canada, then Singapore is far closer to places like Monaco and Hungary, where we’ve struggled relative to the competition.
“But the engineers are positive that we’ve made some good progress, so I’m looking forward to getting out on track and sampling the changes for real.
“So I think we head into the weekend with renewed confidence following some positive tests and some developments in the windtunnel.
“The race should give us a clearer indication of exactly where we stand as the championship closes down over the next five races, but I definitely want to score as many points as possible in this grand prix.”
Likewise McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh.
He said: “This is a race the whole team looks forward to enormously, and we travel to Singapore with a number of new ideas to try out on our cars, feeling positive that we’ll once again be in a position to race at the front.”
First practice takes place at 11am on Friday with qualifying on Saturday at 3pm
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