Lewis Hamilton: “You’ve got to stay 100% focused”

Lewis Hamilton heads into this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix high on confidence after extending his championship leader over Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg to 53 points after a dominant victory two weeks ago at the Italian Grand Prix, but knows concentration is key around the streets of Marina Bay.

The reigning World Champion was assisted by Rosberg’s late retirement at Monza, but knows his team-mate will be looking to bounce back in Singapore, and expects another close fight between them.

“Monza was an awesome weekend for me – one of the best I’ve had in Formula One,” said Hamilton. “The car this team has built is just incredible and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work.

“Of course, it was a shame for Nico and the crew to have the retirement – but I know he’ll bounce back and I’m looking forward to another battle in Singapore.”

Hamilton feels the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the Formula 1 season, especially as he admits to loving driving on street circuits. He understands the importance of remaining focused despite being put under strain due to the humidity levels at the Marina Bay circuit, and is looking for his third win at the track after previous triumphs in 2009 and 2014.

“This race is always a highlight of the season – a great city which looks really spectacular under the lights with the tricky street circuit below – my favourite kind of track to drive,” insisted Hamilton.

“You’ve got to stay 100% focused for a full two hours, which is tougher than it sounds with the crazy humidity. Any small slip and you’re in the barrier, so maintaining that total concentration is crucial.

“I’ve won there twice now – both times from pole, which shows you how important qualifying is too. It won’t be easy to make it three – far from it. But I’m riding high right now and I’ll be pushing for that hat-trick.”