Hamilton determined to claim first Suzuka win

By on Monday, September 29, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he is 'determined' to claim his first victory at Suzuka this weekend as he bids to extend his championship advantage over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton has won in Japan before but did so in torrential rain when the race was held at Fuji Speedway in 2007.

Hamilton has only once finished on the podium at Suzuka but is hoping to continue his recent good form by claiming a third successive victory this weekend.

"[Singapore was] the first time in quite a few races that I've not had to fight through the pack to get a result which made life a lot easier," he said. "In the final stint, I had to clear Sebastian [Vettel] quickly after making the extra stop. But the car just felt fantastic and I could push whenever I needed to throughout the race."

"[Rosberg's retirement] levelled things up in the Drivers' Championship, so hopefully we'll now have a straight battle right to the flag in Abu Dhabi. Suzuka is one of the races on the calendar that drivers love the most - and arguably one of the greatest tracks in the world.

"I've never won at this circuit and have only made the podium once, on my first visit way back in 2009. I've had a couple of chances and last season was probably the best of those. This year, though, we have an exceptional car and I'm really hoping I'll finally have my shot at the top step.

"All the greats of Formula One have won at Suzuka since the sport first came there in the 1980s and I'm determined to add my name to that list this weekend."

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