Hamilton hoping to continue positive momentum
The Brit has now closed to within four points of his team-mate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship after standing on the top step of the podium in Malaysia, Bahrain and China.
If his run of race wins continues at the Spanish Grand Prix, he will move to the top of the drivers’ standings even if Rosberg finishes in second. Hamilton has scored three podiums at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya but has never taken the chequered flag in first place.
“It’s been good to have a bit of a break between races: for us as drivers and also for the team who have been working flat out for so many weeks,” he said. “But after three great weekends in Malaysia, Bahrain and China I’m obviously keen to get on to the next one and continue that positive momentum into the next leg of the season.
“Barcelona is a great place to have the first European round on the calendar. I’ve never won in Barcelona but I’m in a good place right now and I’m hoping that this will be the year. The circuit is fantastic, our car has performed well so far and I’m really looking forward to a good race.”
Rosberg believes the fifth round of the year will start to reveal the true competitive order and is expecting an exciting race weekend. “The Spanish Grand Prix is the first race of the season on European soil after four exciting races at various circuits overseas,” said the German driver.
“This is where the next phase of the season begins and there is probably no other track in the world that I know as well as the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. I also have some good memories of race weekends in Barcelona. Last year, for example, I started from pole position so I’m looking forward to going back there again and maybe repeating that particular feat.
“It’s also only now that we can slowly begin to get an idea of how the different cars stack up in terms of performance. Each team will have been pushing hard during the break since the last race to find some extra performance from new parts. So it will certainly be an interesting weekend and hopefully an exciting one for the fans too.”
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