Hamilton: All about consistency now
30 October 2013 – Lewis Hamilton believes consistency will be crucial now for Mercedes as the team looks maintain second place in the Constructors' Championship.
Mercedes moved ahead of Ferrari following the race in India on Sunday, but with just four points splitting the two outfits, and three races remaining - including this weekend's event in Abu Dhabi - it is clear nothing is decided yet.
“The race in Abu Dhabi is always fun and one which I really enjoy,” Hamilton said ahead of the 17th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship. “The circuit and the whole Yas Marina complex are so impressive and racing from the sunshine into the twilight is quite special.
“With three races left of the season, we are still pushing and there is a lot that our team can achieve in that period.
“It's all about consistency now and making sure that both Nico [Rosberg – my team-mate] and I score good points so that we can keep the other teams behind us. We're up for the challenge!”
Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff meanwhile is eager to see the outfit maintain its momentum after finishing 2-6 in India.
“We delivered a good team result in India, with podium number eight this year and our biggest points total since the Belgian Grand Prix. Our target now is to build on that momentum in Abu Dhabi,” he confirmed.
“We know what to expect at Yas Marina: a circuit where good traction is important, as well as strong straightline speed, and conditions in which it's important to look after the rear tyres, especially through the first stint when the track temperatures are still high. All of us in the team know that the battle for second place in the Constructors' Championship will go down to the final race.
“We are ready for the fight.”