Hamilton hoping to change Singapore fortune

By on Sunday, September 14, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he is hopeful of reversing his fortune at next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

The British racer won at the venue in 2009 but has since failed to return to the top four positions at the Marina Bay circuit and retired from the event in 2010 and 2012.

Hamilton is aiming to return to the top at next weekend's 61 lap affair.

"It's a great place to begin the final flyaway phase of the season," he said of Singapore. "The city is buzzing and the track is mega. It's a street circuit and I love street circuits.

"I won there in 2009 which was a really special experience, plus I had a podium - which should really have been a win - at the first race in 2008. My luck hasn't been great at this circuit since then but hopefully that will change next weekend."

Hamilton, who is attempting to overhaul the 22 point advantage held by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, says he remains firmly in the hunt for the title.

"With Nico coming second [at Monza] I haven't been able to close the gap too much - but there's still plenty of points to be won and I'm glad to have taken a step forwards," he said.

"Despite the highs and lows, I'm still well and truly in the hunt for the Championship and that is something that gives me huge motivation for the final six races - starting in Singapore."

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