Motor racing: Hamilton must take Bull by the horns

Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:15am EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is ready to take an unfamiliar bull by the horns this weekend as Austria's revamped Red Bull Ring returns to the Formula One calendar after an 11-year absence.

The Mercedes driver, a teenager when Austria last hosted a grand prix in 2003, needs to win at Spielberg to rein in championship-leading team mate Nico Rosberg after the blow of retirement in Canada 10 days ago.

"I've never driven the circuit but I've been working on it in the simulator and I'm sure I'll learn it pretty quickly when we get out on track," the 2008 world champion said in a team preview.

"It's always exciting to go to a new venue, so it should be an interesting weekend. I'm feeling good in the car right now and I'll be pushing flat out to come away with maximum points this time around."

With Rosberg finishing first or second in every race so far this season, while Hamilton has retired twice, the German now has a 22-point lead as the championship arrives at Red Bull's home track for the eighth race of 19 this year.

Hamilton may have to win another four races in a row, as he did earlier in the year, just to regain the upper hand if Rosberg stays that consistent.

"There is a long, long way to go. I caught up before and I'll catch up again," said the Briton, who started the season with a retirement in Australia that left him 25 points adrift.

"It's going to take another four wins to make the difference so I'm going to do my best to get those results."   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (R) and teammate Lewis Hamilton of Britain react after qualifying first and second (respectively) for the race during the qualifying session of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger