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Q&A with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton 09 Jul 2010

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010 (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren with Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 9 July 2010

Lewis Hamilton heads into this weekend’s British Grand Prix as championship leader. His McLaren has got some new components that look promising and even though the young Brit is not fully satisfied with their performance just yet, he is confident that the team will find the right set-up for qualifying and the race. After all, who wouldn’t love to win his home event?

Q: Lewis, how was it going today?
Lewis Hamilton:
We had put on new components and in the morning I was very excited to put them to the test. The feeling actually was really positive and I was quite surprised by the pace. For FP2 we changed a bit with the set-up but we didn’t find the time that we hoped we would, so we returned to the set-up from the morning. Tomorrow morning we will again try something else and hopefully we will find the right solution for qualifying. The overall feeling though is very positive.

Q: A home Grand Prix is always very special. Is the heart bit a bit higher here knowing that thousands of fans are crossing their fingers for you?
LH:
Yeah, it is very special indeed. When you drive out of the pits and see the fans on the right-hand side waving and cheering, that is really, really special. For a Friday the number of fans was fantastic and it is always great for a driver to feel their presence in every corner. The moral support is fantastic - every time when Jenson (Button) and I come here.

Q: How did the track feel?
LH:
Well, actually it was a bit bumpy - and obviously it was even more bumpy with our car for some strange reason, so we are working to fix that. Otherwise the track is very fast and very flowing. It feels pretty good and as we’ve made a step forward since Valencia I am pretty confident for the weekend. The track itself - with the changes that have been made - is still very demanding and it’s really tricky going into Abbey when you follow other cars into Turn 13. This is a track in the mould of Barcelona, but other than that there will not be a one-second gap between the Red Bulls and us.

Q: What would you call a successful weekend here?
LH:
At your home Grand Prix you naturally want to win - more than at any other race. That’s what we are working towards.

Q: You are leading the championship by a few points, but it seems to be a pretty close race for the title…
LH:
So true. Everyone is still there and you have to develop between the races to keep up the chances for the title. It is wonderful that I have the support of my family and my friends - and many, many fans!