Jul 22, 2016

    Lewis hungry to lead pack after Hungary


    LEWIS Hamilton heads into Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix fired up to complete a hat-trick of victories and seize the lead in the Formula One title race for the first time this season.

    The triple world champion trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just one point after a sensational fourth win of the season two weeks ago in his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

    Hamilton, who also won the race before that in Austria, surfed the Silverstone crowd in jubilation and will be hoping the wave of momentum building up behind his title defence carries him back to the top.

    "Ever since the low of Barcelona, I've been able to cultivate this really strong mental attitude and I'm really feeling that fire inside me right now," said Hamilton.

    He had trailed Rosberg by 43 points after they collided and crashed out on the first lap in May's Spanish GP.

    Hamilton has won four times at the 4.3km-long Hungaroring circuit, outside Budapest, including his first victory for Mercedes in 2013.

    Another win for the 31-year-old at the halfway stage of the championship would be more than any driver has managed in Hungary.

    He and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher currently hold the record.

    Rosberg, who dropped from second to third in Silverstone after a post-race penalty for breaching radio rules, will be determined to deny him that honour.

    "The battle is on with Lewis and I'm feeling great in myself and great in the car," said Rosberg, winner of five races this year, including the first four.REUTERS