Hamilton hoping for strong weekend
22 October 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will be out to bounce back in the Indian Grand Prix this weekend after suffering his first DNF of the year in Japan.
Hamilton qualified third for the last round in Suzuka, but retired on lap 8 due to damaged sustained when he picked up a puncture at the start.
“We're hoping for a strong weekend after a couple of difficult races and I know that everyone has been working really hard to make sure that we can get all of the performance possible from the car over the last four races,” Hamilton said prior to the event at the Buddh International Circuit.
“We know that we have a good car and, if we can put together a good race weekend, then we have the potential for some great results before the season is over.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg is also hoping for a change in fortune and will be out to improve on the eighth place he managed last time out.
“I'm looking forward to our trip to India. It really is a fascinating country and there is always something new to see or experience when you are there for the race weekend. The track itself is pretty challenging and there are good overtaking opportunities at the end of the long straight so the race should hopefully be quite exciting,” he added.
“The last few grands prix haven't been the best for us so I am hoping for a good weekend. We are all determined to finish the season strongly and to continue our challenge for second place in the Constructors' Championship.”