Lewis Hamilton is looking to make it three wins in a row at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix. The Brit stormed to a clear victory in Malaysia before successfully fending off his team-mate Nico Rosberg for the top spot on the podium at the last race in Bahrain.
The 29-year-old has a good track record in China, having won the race twice and finished on the podium a further three times. However, it hasn’t all gone his way after he beached his McLaren in the gravel trap at the pit entry back in 2007, which severely dented his title chances.
Hamilton currently trails Rosberg by 11 points in the drivers’ standings. Looking ahead to the fourth round of the season, he said: “The last race in Bahrain was fantastic: not just for us as a team but for the sport and I’m sure it won’t be the last time we see a great show this year.
“I’m in a really good place at the moment and walking around the garage too, you can see the positive energy within the team right now. Everyone is focused on getting the maximum from these early races and continuing to build beyond the strong start we’ve made to the season.
“Generally, I’m getting stronger every time I come to this track and it suits my driving style quite well. The aim, as always, is to win and if I could make it three in a row this weekend that would be incredible.”
Rosberg also typically has strong form at the Shanghai International Circuit and scored the first F1 race victory of his career at the track in 2012. Mercedes currently has a sizeable advantage over the rest of the field, and the German driver is confident that their lead can be maintained.
“We’ve demonstrated already that we’re pushing harder than ever to stay ahead of the pack,” he said. It will only get more difficult as the season goes on but I’ve got confidence in the team. Every day and in every area you can see that determination to win. This gives you a big boost as a driver: to know the people around you want it just as badly as you do.
“I’ve got good memories from China after taking my first pole position and race win in Formula One at this circuit in 2012. The layout seems to suit my driving style, it’s a track I enjoy racing at and I want to be back on that top step of the podium this weekend.”
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