Hungry Hamilton chasing Hungarian GP victory
PUBLISHED: 13:21 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
LEWIS Hamilton is hoping to convert McLaren s qualifying one-two into a couple of podium positions in today s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old FIA World Championship leader from Herts secured the 10th pole of his Formula 1 career around the Hungarori
LEWIS Hamilton is hoping to convert McLaren's qualifying one-two into a couple of podium positions in today's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old FIA World Championship leader from Herts secured the 10th pole of his Formula 1 career around the Hungaroring yesterday.
Finnish team-mate Heikki Kovalainen will start alongside him on the front row after posting the second fastest time in qualifying.
"It would be great to have a one-two for the team," said Hamilton, who currently leads the drivers' standings by four points from Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
"The team deserve it and me and Heikki have been pushing very, very hard, so we both deserve it."
However, Hamilton is not getting complacent ahead of the Hungarian race.
"You can never be too comfortable for sure," said Hamilton, who won from pole on Hungary last year.
"I feel safe from the position we are in. I think from then on we both have very good strategies to push on and challenge for a win and I couldn't be in a better position to do that."
Having won back-to-back grands prix in Britain and Germany, Hamilton is chasing a hat-trick of successive victories in Hungary.
He paid tribute to the McLaren Mercedes engineers and mechanics who have developed a winning machine for him to drive.
"The team have done a great job in improving the car again, even from the last race, and so the pace of our car is great," said Hamilton.
"I certainly feel that we are in a good position. I think we have done a great job this weekend and over the last couple of weeks or month let's say, improving the car.
"I am very, very proud of the team for the developments that they have done. I feel great, I feel good in the car.
"There is a great atmosphere and a good harmony in the team and here we are, we have qualified one-two and I think it puts us in a great position to challenge for the win, but I have no doubts that it will be a tough race.