For Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton his Hungarian Grand Prix victory last month feels like it happened a long time ago and he is now itching to get back behind the wheel for the start of the second phase of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Speaking ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Hamilton said, “It feels like I have been out of the car for a very long time since the win in Hungary and I can’t wait to get going again. I was at the factory yesterday to meet up with my engineers and get in some practice on the simulator so it was nice to see everyone and to feel the enthusiasm around the factory after the summer break.”
Hamilton dominated last time out in Hungary, and is hoping to carry the momentum to Spa-Francorachamps where he won in 2010.
“Spa is a fantastic circuit and it’s so much fun to drive. We’re all looking forward to the second half of the season and the opportunity to bring home some more good results,” said the 28 year old.
It took half a season for Hamilton to win his first race as a Silver Arrows driver, and with it he stumped his critics who at the start of the season predicted doom and gloom for the driver who made a high profile switch from McLaren to Mercedes.
But Hamilton believes the move was justified, “It’s been a really positive season for me. Everyone was talking me down at the beginning of the year. Some things were said about being the right or wrong decision, and that it was a mistake. The team and I have constantly proved everyone wrong, race by race.”
With McLaren enduring a torrid season, with hardly a chance of a podium let alone a win, Hamilton’s move is proving to be a master-stroke, “We’re second in the constructors’ championship, which is a massive boost. We never would have thought we’d be in such a competitive position, still within shooting distance of both championships.” (GP247)
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