Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hamilton relishes fight backs not victories

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that coming through the field like he did in Germany and last time out in Hungary at the weekend are more special compared to taking victories. In Germany and Hungary Hamilton came from the back of the grid and the pit-lane to finish in third place. He has now managed to close a gap of 29 points to Nico Rosberg in the race for the championship to just eleven points.

Reliability issues have blighted Hamilton's season with the 2008 world champion suffering a fuel fire during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix while he retired from the opening race of the season in Australia following an engine failure in the back of his Mercedes W05.

Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg won the race in Australia while from Malaysia to Spain Hamilton went on a winning streak. In Monaco, Hamilton finished in second place behind team mate Nico Rosberg. In Canada, Hamilton started the race from 2nd on the grid but was forced to retire from the race following a brake failure.

In Austria, Hamilton finished the race just behind team mate Rosberg. At his home race, the British Grand Prix in Silverstone last month Hamilton took a fantastic victory, his first at the circuit since he won there back in 2008. 

In Germany, Hamilton suffered a huge crash at the Hockenheimring during qualifying following a brake failure. The Formula One community is currently on their summer holidays and the sport will return to race from August 22nd - 24th at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa Francorchamps as the sport heads into the closing stages of the European leg of the season with just Spa and Italy remaining before the F1 circus heads to the Singapore Grand Prix.

In Belgium last season Lewis Hamilton finished the race on the podium in third place behind race winner Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso while Nico Rosberg finished the race in 4th place. Mercedes will be hoping to return to winning ways in Belgium.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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