Lewis Hamilton: “It’s impossible not to love Monza”

Großer Preis von Belgien 2016, Sonntag. Credit: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton is still buzzing from his brilliant result at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, where he reached the third step of the podium, despite starting from the back of the grid after receiving a large helping of engine change penalties.

“Spa was about as good as damage limitation can get, I think! It was a fantastic result for me and for the team. The guys deserved it so much after all that hard work, so I was massively pleased for them and proud of what we achieved together.”

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is a circuit that the Brit dearly loves. With all the nostalgia surrounding the iconic track as one of the longest standing venues on the F1 calendar, and the unique atmosphere brought about by the throngs of passionate fans packed into every nook and cranny of the paddock, the current world champion believes there are not many experiences to rival being on the podium in Monza.

“Now we go to Monza – a track I know well from so many racing categories throughout my career and one it’s impossible not to love. The speed, the history, the atmosphere… it’s just so iconic in every way.

“Standing on that amazing podium, looking out over a sea of fans on the straight, has to be up there as of the most incredible experiences a sportsman can have.

Hamilton won here in 2015, in what was a seamless weekend for the Brit, and he is hoping to emulate that result again this year, and with engine penalties now unlikely to be a cause of concern for the 31-year-old for the remainder of the season, the Brit can crack on with defending his championship title, unperturbed.

“I had a perfect weekend on track there last year. If I can repeat that it would be amazing but we’ll see how we look when we get there.

“It is game on for me now with the penalties out of the way and fresh engines ready to use. I can’t wait to get back out there.”