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Hamilton confident of maintaining advantage

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton reckons McLaren can stay ahead of Red Bull © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton is confident McLaren can maintain its current run of form that has seen it take 1-2 victories at the last two races.

Prior to the Turkish Grand Prix, few were willing to bet against Red Bull that took seven consecutive pole positions at the start of the season. But while the raw pace of the RB6 has been impressive, the team has struggled to turn it into results and has secured just three victories compared to McLaren's four.

The next grand prix at Valencia shares similar characteristics to Montreal and McLaren is expected to do well, while the aerodynamic supremacy of the Red Bull should give its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber the upper-hand when it comes to the British Grand Prix. Nevertheless, Hamilton is confident a major package of upgrades coming to the MP4-25 before his home race at Silverstone should allow him to be competitive.

"We have got a couple of good races coming up," said Hamilton, who is currently leading the championship. "Valencia is a strong one for me. Silverstone is a good circuit. It has been in the past, but we will have to see how the new section of the circuit is. Hopefully our car will improve over those couple of races.

"Hungary is a good one for us too, so there are good races coming up. If I am able to keep my head and stay focussed, as this is where you really have to knuckle and grind, to brush it down to the bone, then this is where you can make a difference. You can see how close it is, and I am sure if you are able to get a fair enough gap you might be able to maintain that for the rest of the year. That has got to be the target."

"I feel I have been doing good races and driving well all year. I feel stronger than ever. But just now the opportunities are coming and I am taking them with both hands."

But if McLaren can secure an advantage, Jenson Button insists he too will be in contention for the title.

"We've got the momentum," he said. "I think it's a surprise that Red Bull are not at the front. They've been so quick at every race. But we've done a better job over the whole weekend, especially at the last two races. "I'm really happy. The last two races I've felt very at home with the team. Qualifying was not so good for me, it's an area I've got to work on closely with my engineers. I'm a little bit off Lewis at the moment, but Lewis has done a phenomenal job. You can't take that away from him. He was so quick in qualifying [at Canada]. But it was nice to be on terms with him in the race. I tried to chase him down at the end but it wasn't to be."