Hamilton: We can take the fight to Alonso

By on Monday, September 17, 2012

Lewis Hamilton has brushed aside talk about his contract to emphasise that he and his McLaren team can overturn a thirty seven point deficit to Fernando Alonso in the championship.

McLaren has won the previous three races, with Hamilton claiming victory in Hungary and Italy.

"After winning in Hungary and Monza, I head to Singapore full of positivity and optimism that we can take the title fight to Fernando [Alonso]", he said.

"I enjoy the Marina Bay circuit in the same way that I like racing at the Hungaroring – it’s a darty track that requires you to really be on top of the car to get the best from it. It requires more finesse, though: most of the braking zones are approached at very high speed, and the walls are never far away. Factor in the heat and humidity and it’s a very challenging weekend"

Jenson Button echoed his team-mate's feelings ahead of this weekend's night race and admitted that events in the Italian Grand Prix, where he retired from second place, have been put in the past.

"I didn’t spend too much time looking back at my non-finish in Monza. Obviously, it was disappointing not to be able to help the team to a one-two finish, but these things happen. What’s more encouraging is that we have strong pace on a range of very different circuits – and, hopefully, we can continue to push that momentum in Singapore next weekend", he said.

Button added that finding a good set-up is difficult, with finding a compromise between the long straights and slow corners crucial.

"The Marina Bay track is unique – there are a couple of long straights, so it’s very fast, but all the corners are generally taken in second or third gear, so you’re trying to find the best set-up compromise – particularly as you need good end-of-straight speed for overtaking into Turn Seven. That’s the best opportunity for passing as it also comes at the end of the DRS zone"

"I hope we’ll once again have a package that will enable us to fight at the front", he said.


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