Street fighter Lewis chases famous victory
PUBLISHED: 12:56 25 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009
LEWIS Hamilton wants to prove he s a street fighter around Monte Carlo today. The 23-year-old Herts driver starts the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid. The 20 cars and drivers will compete around the narrow and twisty 3.34km street circ
LEWIS Hamilton wants to prove he's a street fighter around Monte Carlo today.
The 23-year-old Herts driver starts the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid.
The 20 cars and drivers will compete around the narrow and twisty 3.34km street circuit, racing between the Princes's Palace and the Mediterranean Sea covered in some of the world's most lavish yachts.
Second in Monaco last year, Hamilton's hopes are founded on a love for the circuit, one he describes as his "favourite".
"I think it's because I've always been fond of street circuits and it's one of those tracks where you could probably make more of a difference than others," he said.
Tewin tyro Hamilton is fully aware of the famous race's history and appreciates McLaren's illustrious record around the circuit.
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, Kimi Raikkonen - now in the red of Ferrari - claimed the spoils in 2005 with Fernando Alonso victorious just ahead of then team-mate Lewis last year.
The McLaren connection to the race stretches back to the 1960s, with Bruce McLaren taking the M2B to the track to make the marque's Formula 1 debut.
In that time, the team has won a record 14 out of the 65 of grands prix staged in the Principality.
This began with Alain Prost in 1984, kicking off a winning streak that stretched until 1993, with the exception of 1987. Five of these were at the hands of Ayrton Senna - a motor racer Hamilton admires and is keen to emulate.
Despite starting behind both Ferrari drivers today, Hamilton is confident McLaren have a race plan up their sleeve that will make them competitive once again. They claimed a one-two in Monaco last year.
"We don't know what they're doing with their strategy but we feel quite confident with ours and we just have to wait and see," said Hamilton.
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