Hamilton aims to get season back on track

PUBLISHED: 14:41 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this month

Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this month

LEWIS Hamilton will be looking to put the disappointment of a 13th place finish in Bahrain behind him as the 2008 Grand Prix season moves to Europe this weekend. Barcelona s Circuit de Catalunya is the venue for Sunday s fourth grand prix of the year, and

Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS Hamilton will be looking to put the disappointment of a 13th place finish in Bahrain behind him as the 2008 Grand Prix season moves to Europe this weekend.

Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya is the venue for Sunday's fourth grand prix of the year, and it is the 40th Formula 1 event to be staged in Spain.

Hamilton, who has slipped to third in the overall standings behind 2007 champion Kimi Räikkönen and German driver Nick Heidfeld will be hoping for a more consistent race after troubles experienced in the Middle East.

He said: "I have been pretty busy since the last race.

"I have spent some time with the team at the McLaren Technology Centre and I've done quite a bit of training and then I went to the Barcelona test.

"We have the opportunity in this gap to get some good work done in this area."

Improvement is likely to be the key word for the McLaren team, who themselves occupy third place in the constructors' championship behind Ferrari and surprise package BMW Sauber.

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1 of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, believes the car is continually improving and the Barcelona track will be an excellent stage to prove this.

"We are confident that we have improved the performance of the car," said Whitmarsh.

"This race weekend is the first opportunity to understand how we have moved forward with performance and developed the MP4-23 in comparison with our primary competitors."

The Spanish Grand Prix appeared on the World Championship calendar for the first time in 1951, but it was not until 1969 that a grand prix race was staged regularly in the country.

And Herts hero Hamilton is a big fan of the track.

He said: "The Circuit de Catalunya is a great track; we can't ever lose it from the calendar.

"It always sees competitive racing and there are so many enthusiastic fans there all the time which makes for a great atmosphere."

Felipe Massa won last year's race, with Hamilton finishing in second place.

In doing so the Tewin superstar became the youngest ever leader of the drivers' championship.

And Hamilton is looking forward to Sunday's race.

"I feel we have a competitive package at the track; the car seems to work quite well," said the Herts ace.


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