Hamilton focused ahead of China GP

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Lewis Hamilton has played down the fact that he has been named as favourite to win this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, write Colin and James Beckett.

Third in the Malaysian Grand Prix three weeks ago, Hamilton and his Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, have both been suggested as potential race winners.

Mercedes have worked hard on the development of their 2013 car and it is now capable of running at a leading pace. Significant advances have been made in the area of the car’s exhausts allowing progress up the grid to be made.

Hamilton said: “I am aware that many believe that I am the favourite to win this weekend but I am staying focused on the race and aim to do my best.

“It is easy to make anyone the favourite but I know that both Nico and I will have to drive well to finish on the podium as competition is very tough just now in F1.”

Rosberg added: “It was great to score my first F1 win in China last year and obviously it would be great to repeat it but you can’t predict what will happen. I will be trying my hardest.”