Updated: 20/06/2012 18:17 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton feels pressure of tight race



Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers' championship by two points and is feeling the pressure

Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers' championship by two points and is feeling the pressure

Lewis Hamilton admits the pressure is now firmly on in the wake of his recent victory in at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 27year-old McLaren driver finally took the chequered flag this season 10 days ago, extending a new Formula One record for different winners to seven from the opening seven grands prix. Hamilton's 18th triumph of his F1 career also allowed him to regain the lead in the drivers' championship, two points ahead of Fernando Alonso and three ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

However, with 13 races remaining, Hamilton is aware it means little at this stage of the campaign, saying: "My win in Montreal was obviously an extremely satisfying moment for me, but it does very little to alter things in the world championship. While it's always pleasing to be leading the championship, I'm only two points ahead of Fernando."

Ahead of this weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia, he added: "That's nothing, particularly when there are a handful of really strong drivers all separated by a couple of points, so there's still everything to play for."

As one of only two drivers to claim points from every race this year - Ferrari's Alonso the other - Hamilton knows the importance of keeping the tally ticking over.

"The intensity of this year's championship means there's so little breathing space," added Hamilton. "We may have won in Canada, but there's an enormous amount of pressure to keep racking up good results at every grand prix.

"I think consistency, rather than individual strong results, will be the key to winning this world championship, so we need to back it up in Valencia with another strong result."

However, such are the vagaries of the season it makes it impossible to forecast who will be strong this weekend as F1 makes its second visit to Spain in a few weeks.

Hamilton said: "People are always asking me to predict what will happen at the next race.

"I always tell them it's really difficult to make an accurate prediction. But I'll be heading to Valencia feeling super-motivated to get another strong result and maintain my momentum before we head into Silverstone and the British Grand Prix."

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20/06/2012 19:54
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You just go out there and do your stuff as whatever result you get this Sunday we will be very happy for you.

It is a true reflection of the good drivers we have in F1 at present and hence the reason only a few points separate the selected few.

21/06/2012 03:22
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It seems  like,  Lewis is not getting  the ( message)  comments. Lewis,  Its not  hard to predict. I've been PREDICTING since the beginning of the season, that 2012 championship is yours. And you gonna be the first person to win  back to back for the first time  this year.

So Lewis,  RELAX,  RELAX ,RELAX and RELAX

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