Monte Carlo win or bust for bold Lewis

PUBLISHED: 17:22 18 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

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HERTS race ace Lewis Hamilton is especially looking forward to next Sunday s Monaco Grand Prix, describing the Monte Carlo street circuit as his favourite race . The 23-year-old finished second in last year s race behind then McLaren team-mate Fernando A

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HERTS race ace Lewis Hamilton is especially looking forward to next Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, describing the Monte Carlo street circuit as his "favourite race".

The 23-year-old finished second in last year's race behind then McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, and he is eager to go one better this time and secure a victory.

"Unpredictable is the word that sums up Monaco from a performance perspective," said the Tewin driver.

"You have the history all around, you can just feel it and the atmosphere is fantastic.

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"It is the Grand Prix that every driver wants to win.

"Being a street circuit it is very exciting to drive, there is no room for any error all weekend."

The focus for Lewis will be on adding to the illustrious history of the McLaren team at the Principality.

Since the start of the McLaren and Mercedes-Benz era, the team has won the race on five occasions. Mika Hakkinen took the chequered flag in 1998, David Coulthard in 2000 and 2002, reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen took the spoils in 2005, with Alonso claiming victory just ahead of Lewis last year.

And Hamilton is confident he has the tools to unlock victory around the demanding Monte Carlo circuit.

He added: "You have to be brave. You have to attack the brakes and the fast corners, the whole time you must be very aggressive and drive close to the walls.

"It is not so much about the set-up, balance and so on, it's all about attacking and being bold."

Lewis currently lies tied second with Brazilian Felipe Massa in the World Drivers' Championship on 28 points, seven behind Ferrari rival and defending world champion Raikkonen.


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