HUNGARORING, July 24, 2014 (F1plus/Katie Grimmett).- Lewis Hamilton believes that his retirement from race one in Australia has kept him ‘on the back foot’ as he looks ahead to Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.
The Mercedes driver suffered an engine failure preventing him from converting his pole position into a race victory. Reminiscing what could have been, Hamilton conceded that the loss of a potential twenty-five point haul has damaged his championship hunt thus far.
Speaking to gathered press at a media session on Thursday, the British driver acknowledged that a strong weekend at the Hungaroring could make all the difference.
“I’ve been on the back foot generally since race one, so if I close up the championship gap at all this weekend, then that will be a huge positive”, he said.
Hamilton currently sits fourteen points adrift of team mate Nico Rosberg but has a strong history to his credit at the historic Hungarian track. He is tied with Michael Schumacher in the capital with four victories.
“I don’t have an answer as to why it has gone so well here. It is a great circuit and I really do enjoy driving here generally but it perhaps suits my driving style more than other circuits”, he suggested when asked about his strengths.
“We will see this weekend, as you know I have not had a lot of luck this year so if I’m still up ahead then you know it’s not down to luck, it’s down to good driving”, he added.
Despite its significance in terms of the title fight, Hamilton maintained that his mental approach to this race will not change.
“I take this race just as seriously as any other as it’s another opportunity to gain”, he explained. “Going into the second half of the season, this is time to attack”.