As Formula 1 moves to Valencia this weekend, Lewis Hamilton will be looking to continue his recent run of success after dominating the last two races.
Hamilton has good form for the street circuit having finished second place in both previous visits and will be looking to step up a gear and add another win to his tally for the 2010 season.
“I'm really looking forward to racing in Valencia.” says Hamilton, “I had a great, attacking race there last year – but I've finished second for the past two seasons, so I feel like I have some unfinished business!”
Despite criticism of the circuit from some fans Hamilton is happy with the different challenges over the year, “I think it's good for the championship to have a variety of circuits – we've just come from a fast, flowing road course in Canada, to a tight street track in Valencia. And, next month, we'll be at Silverstone – one of the fastest tracks of the year, and a circuit with incredible history. As a driver, that sort of variety makes the racing exciting and unpredictable, which is all you can really ask for.”
Turkey and Canada have seen Hamilton lead home a McLaren 1-2 finish and he feels there should be some great racing this weekend despite the limited overtaking opportunites.
“The last few grands prix have had some fantastic racing – it would be great for all the Spanish fans if we can have a great race here too. It's not a circuit where we've seen too much passing in the past, but I think this year could be different – the grid is so tight, there were battles all through the field in Montreal last week, so I think we could have a close and exciting race this year.”
Team prinicipal Martin Whitmarsh remains in a confident mood after seeing his drivers take maximum points in the last two rounds. “After two consecutive one-twos, it certainly felt like Bruce McLaren himself was looking down on us and smiling, particularly after we recently commemorated the 40th anniversary of his death.”
“I'm sure Bruce would also have appreciated the relentless and dedicated approach we have taken to the engineering and development of MP4-25 – I think we've shown in the past two races that we lack nothing in terms of hunger and motivation. And with our car being constantly developed, I believe we can continue to be a threat at the majority of remaining races on the calendar.”