Suzuka is “unfinished business” for Hamilton

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Suzuka, 2009

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?t fast enough.

This year, I?m holding nothing back ?ǣ 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.
Lewis Hamilton

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?s 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?s a real driver?s circuit ?ǣ you need to be committed and precise to do well there, and there?s 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?s 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 ?ǣ 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.
Lewis Hamilton

Team mate Jenson Button believes the Japanese track is a good fit for his driving style:

I?ve had some great results at Suzuka, but I?ve never won in Japan.

I think it?s a circuit that suits my style ?ǣ it?s 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?re usually scrabbling to regain your momentum for several more corners. It?s a punishing place.
Jenson Button

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