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Lewis Hamilton: “I head to Spain confident of a good weekend”

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After a tricky start to the 2016 Formula One season for Lewis Hamilton, the Brit is raring to go again after a two week break from the action.

The current world champion has every confidence in his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team, that the recent technical issues he has been plagued by will be overcome.

“It’s been good to have a break after Russia,” said Hamilton.  “Over time you reflect on each race weekend and what you might have done differently, so you can learn from each experience and move on. I’m really proud of the guys in the garage: we’ve had a hard time but they’re doing a fantastic job and I’m really happy with how we’ve been working together.

“Every weekend, we’ve got the car into a great place set-up-wise – I just haven’t been fully able to exploit it. So the glass is half full for me. It will be a big challenge but there’s a long way to go with 17 races left and, if the last four are anything to go by, there’s a lot more still to come from us.

“The team has been on it 24/7 since returning from Russia so I’m confident they’ll get to the bottom of the problems we’ve been having. I know I’m still quick. I’ve known that since day one in testing and, when I’ve had clean air and a damage-free car this season, I’ve shown it on track. I head to Spain confident of a good weekend.”

The Brackley-based squad have been working day and night to understand the MGU-H problems experienced by Hamilton at the last two races, and are hopeful of an issue free weekend in Spain.

Silver Arrows team-mate Nico Rosberg currently has a firm lead in the championship race due to the glut of bad luck experienced by his closest competitors, but with seventeen races still left to go before the season is up, there is plenty of time left for Hamilton to start clawing back the points and challenge the German for that title.

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