Crucial qualifying for Hamilton

Already a double winner in Singapore, Lewis Hamilton recalls the importance of qualifying on the Marina Bay Street Circuit track.

Published on 15/09/2015 à 11:45

Pierre Tassel

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Crucial qualifying for Hamilton

With a lead of 53 points heading into Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit, the reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton took a first break at the end of the European season. The retirement of his teammate Nico Rosberg, coupled with a fortieth victory on Italian soil at Monza, allows the Briton to begin the last part of the year with renewed confidence.

The old pilot McLaren does not, however, intend to let down its guard, particularly on the Singapore route, which is always very demanding. “This race is always a highlight of the season. It's a truly spectacular city under the lights with a challenging circuit. You have to stay 100% focused for two full hours, which is harder than it seems with the high humidity.

A tiny slip and you're in the rail, maintaining total concentration is crucial. I have already won twice, each time from pole position, which demonstrates the importance of qualification. The pass of three will not be easy. » confesses the pilot of the Mercedes W06 Hybrid n°44.

Hamilton also believes that Nico Rosberg, who admitted now have nothing to lose, will once again be a formidable opponent. “At Monza, it was a shame for Nico and the team to retire. But I know he will bounce back, and I expect another battle in Singapore. »

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