Hamilton hopes his luck has changed ahead of Spa
Championship contender Lewis Hamilton is hoping that his luck has changed ahead of the final eight races of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The 2008 world champion currently trails Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by eleven points at the top of the standings, but has suffered a great deal of misfortune so far this season. He has been sidelined in qualifying at the last two grands prix, but on both occasions managed to fight back from a low grid slot to finish the race in third place.
In Hungary, Hamilton had to start from the pit lane, and his race very nearly ended at turn two when he spun and nearly crashed into the wall. The fact he didn’t has given him some hope that his luck might have changed.
“I had some difficult weekends in the first part of the season, but then a bit of good fortune at the last race in Budapest kept me from damaging my car on the wall during that first lap, so hopefully that was a sign that my fortunes are changing at just the right time,” he said in Mercedes’ grand prix preview.
“There were so many positives to take from the opening eleven races, but both myself and the team always want more and know we are capable of more. The aim is to put the more difficult times of some of the previous weekends behind us and to recreate the best moments at every race from now on.”
F1 returns from a three-week break with the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, and Hamilton is relishing the race at the historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
“I love driving at Spa, so there are few better places to start,” he said. “I had good results there in 2008 and on my first visit to the circuit with this team last year, plus the win in 2010 of course.
“I haven’t won there as many times as I’d like but that win was a really special one, so I really want to add to that and that’s definitely the target this weekend.”
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