Fresh from winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone three weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton is hoping to bag his sixth victory of the 2015 F1 World Championship season at the Hungaroring in Hungary this weekend.
The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver currently holds a 17 point lead at the head of the F1 Drivers’ Standings over team-mate Nico Rosberg and Hamilton is keen to extend his advantage as the Grand Prix season enters its second half.
Hamilton, who has also won in Australia, China, Bahrain and Canada this season, said: “The Hungaroring is an interesting circuit in many ways.
“After the high-speed Silverstone, we arrive in Hungary for a race at a track that is one of the slowest and most technically demanding on the F1 calendar.
“I finished on the podium last year after problems in qualifying, but I know the Mercedes can go well here.
“Winning at Silverstone was so special. The fans really cheered me all weekend, and gave me a huge boost.
“I know I won’t have that kind of support in Hungary, but I still have the cheers of my British fans ringing in my ears. Winning a home Grand Prix is something every F1 driver wants to achieve and winning at Silverstone is certainly my highlight of the 2015 season so far.”
Rosberg arrives in Hungary hoping to spoil Hamilton’s party. The German has tasted victory three times this year and is targeting a fourth this weekend.
He said: “Lewis drove really well to win at Silverstone, but if it had been possible to pit just a few moments earlier I think I would have been able to win as my pace was good.
“This weekend I must make sure of a good showing in qualifying as it is very difficult to overtake at the Hungaroring. I want to be at the front of the field, and lead the race if possible. The race for the title is very much on.”
Nico Hulkenberg has been in fine form of late for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team, and has been a point-scorer in the last three races.
Winner of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race last month, the German racer said: “Force India are really motivated as we enter an important phase of the championship.
“We feel we have a good car right now, and updates are really helping our performance. I feel confident ahead of this weekend, and want to be in a position to score more world championship points for the team.”
The second Force India VJM08-Mercedes will be driven by Sergio Perez.
The part-Bicester based Scuderia Toro Rosso team are hoping for better fortune this weekend after both of their cars, driven by Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen, were early retirements at Silverstone.
“We didn’t have a good weekend at Silverstone, despite showing good pace,” said Verstappen.
“This weekend is important for Toro Rosso, and we want to get out season back on-track.”
The team’s two drivers are currently 14th and 15th in the World Championship.