VALENCIA, Spain: Canadian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton said he was “super-motivated” to produce another strong performance this weekend as he aims to extend his lead in the world championship.
Thanks to his emphatic win in Montreal, the 27-year-old McLaren driver heads to the European Grand Prix with a two-point lead in what has been the sport’s most extraordinary start to a season with seven different drivers winning the opening seven races.
That means the top four drivers are separated by just nine points, and Hamilton is well aware of how tight things are and how much of a threat second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Red Bull drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, pose to his title hopes.
However, although the maturing Englishman will be hoping to become the first driver to win two races this season, he remained level-headed and believes consistent driving, rather than wins, will be the key to winning the championship.
“While it’s always pleasing to be leading the championship, I’m only two points ahead of Fernando which is nothing, particularly when there is a handful of really strong drivers all separated by a couple of points, so there’s still everything to play for,” said Hamilton.
“Secondly, the intensity of this year’s championship means there’s so little breathing space — we may have won in Canada.
“I think that consistency, rather than individual strong results, will be the key to winning this world championship, so we need to back it up in Valencia with another strong result.
“I’ll be heading to Valencia feeling super-motivated to get another strong result and maintain my momentum before we head to Silverstone and the British Grand Prix.”
His McLaren team also believe they may have found a solution for Jenson Button, who, in contrast to Hamilton, has been struggling of late, collecting just 20 points since his win in Australia in March.