Surfing fan Lewis Hamilton is riding a crest of a wave and the defending champion hopes it will carry him to a record-breaking Hungarian Grand Prix victory on Sunday.
Hamilton has moved to within one point of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the title race after he became the first driver to win at Silverstone on three consecutive occasions. The 31-year-old could break another record this weekend, as a victory would see him surpass the four wins he and Michael Schumacher have managed at the Hungaroring.
Hamilton was 43 points behind Rosberg, but has won four of the last five grands prix as he pursues a fourth title.
“The last race was still the greatest week I have had as far as I can remember. So, I am hopefully riding that good wave into this weekend, and I plan to catch the next good one,” said Hamilton.
Rosberg’s achievement of winning seven consecutive races — a streak which stretched back to last season — must seem like a distant memory to the German. In addition to his run of average results — the last of which saw him demoted to third at Silverstone following a breach of the sport’s strict radio rules — Rosberg has failed to step foot on the podium in Hungary in his last 10 attempts, but when asked if he was feeling the pressure, he replied: “No. We can all agree on the fact that, so far up to now, I’ve had the best season of all drivers. That’s the fact for me which I’m focusing on.”
He chose to ignore, however, that Hamilton’s defence of his title had initially been blighted by a number of technical issues.
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