Hamilton cautious on victory chances in Hungary despite German GP win

Lewis Hamilton is staying realistic about his chances of victory in Hungary despite his win in the previous race in Germany

Hamilton cautious on victory chances in Hungary despite German GP win

The McLaren driver took his second win of the season at the Nurburgring after one of his strongest weekends of the year so far.

Hamilton, however, admitted on Thursday that his car will not be fastest at the Hungaroring this weekend.

"The car's not changed. I'm confident in its reliability, in its performance, but we know it's definitely not the fastest car here," said Hamilton.

"We know the others still have a very competitive car that suits certain conditions, and the Red Bull has been quick at every single track throughout the year.

"It was quick at the last race, it still grabbed pole, whereas we don't have a car that's fast everywhere. It's fast in some places, not so fast in others."

The Briton did acknowledged his victory in Germany had been a boost for the team after a couple of difficult races, and he is hopeful McLaren can make another push to continue fighting for victories this year.

"That weekend probably sparked something special for the team, and hopefully it's encouraged them to push even more than they've ever pushed before," he said.

"I'm pushing and pushing and pushing, and sometimes you have to break through a wall of caution.

"I'm the one that pushes past the limits, and it's the team who are the ones who try to keep it under control, but we pushed through the limit that weekend.

"When I spoke to them on Monday, it was like we had raised our limit, raised our margins, and now we have more space, and we can keep pushing more, and that's important."

He also downplayed his chances of starting from pole position in Hungary, despite coming close to beating Red Bull in Germany.

"We've not had pole for 18 races, something like that, so it's been over a year since we had pole, so I don't come here thinking we can get pole.

"If we do it will be a blessing. It's nice to start from pole. I've done that a couple times here, and it makes it much easier, though I did lose out to Massa in 2008."

The McLaren driver is also hoping the weather doesn't get too hot this weekend, as he warned his team may struggle then.

"I don't want to speak too soon. You never know with the weather because it could be rapidly hot tomorrow or the next day. I have heard it is going to get better and better.

"On my iPhone it says it's going to be 22 or 23 degrees throughout the weekend, which if true will be fantastic for us. Any hotter this weekend then we might struggle."

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