Lewis Hamilton says he is looking forward to being able to race a competitive car on his second visit to Suzuka for next week’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Suzuka is very much unfinished business for me. I raced the best I could last year, but our car just wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót fast enough.
This year, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm holding nothing back ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ I need a strong result to get my title hopes back on track, and that will be my complete focus from the moment I first sit in the cockpit on Friday morning.
Now is not the time to hold back; now is the time to fight.
Hamilton said he prefers the John Hugenholtz-designed Suzuka circuit to the Fuji track F1 last raced at two years:
The first two Japanese Grands Prix of my Formula 1 career were held at the Fuji Speedway. While that?óÔé¼Ôäós a great circuit, on arrival at Suzuka for the first time last year, it was clear that this was one of the great racetracks of the world.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós a real driver?óÔé¼Ôäós circuit ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ you need to be committed and precise to do well there, and there?óÔé¼Ôäós no room for error either: no tarmac run-off, and all the barriers are pretty close, so any mistake is going to hurt your chances big-time.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós also a place with a lot of history. Before I first went there, it was a place I always associated with Senna and Prost, and their incredible rivalry. But it only ever existed on the television screen ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ walking the track for the first time, and knowing I was standing on the same spot of tarmac where two giants of the sport traded blows was an exciting experience.
Team mate Jenson Button believes the Japanese track is a good fit for his driving style:
I?óÔé¼Ôäóve had some great results at Suzuka, but I?óÔé¼Ôäóve never won in Japan.
I think it?óÔé¼Ôäós a circuit that suits my style ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it?óÔé¼Ôäós all about scrubbing off as little speed as possible through the corners and maintaining a very smooth and precise rhythm: get it wrong and you?óÔé¼Ôäóre usually scrabbling to regain your momentum for several more corners. It?óÔé¼Ôäós a punishing place.
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