Lewis Hamilton: “I just hope for once we have a good start”

Lewis Hamilton has always felt at home in Hungary, and will again be in the thick of the action on Sunday after dominating qualifying.

Hamilton did two laps that would have been good enough for pole, and is now hoping to recover from a run of races that has seen him earn just four points in the last three starts.

“I’m really happy with the work the guys have done,” said Hamilton. “Obviously Jenson showed the pace of the car in the last race, but to be able to put that to work through qualifying feels fantastic. This is a good boost to the team. Still we have a very long race tomorrow. Lots can happen and we just need to keep our cool.

“It’s the same as everyone when they win races. You just have to keep your head cool and look after your tyres. Tyre strategy will be important tomorrow. Degradation will be interesting. I just hope for once we have a good start – that’s what I hope for the beginning.”

Hamilton, who did his long run testing on Friday, is confident that the car will have good race pace.

“The track was a little bit greener yesterday, so it’s difficult to compare it to today, but for us it was not such a problem. I think we know the Lotus is very, very strong on long runs and so is the Red Bull, so we just need to focus on us and really hope we can improve this weekend with those upgrade. Jenson showed in the last race that it is an improvement so hopefully I can show the same thing tomorrow.”

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