Hamilton looking for a high five in Hungary

Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:40am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes Formula One driver needs a win to cut into team mate Nico Rosberg's 14-point championship lead after 10 of the 19 races and Hungary offers the perfect opportunity.

Hamilton has won there four times in the last seven seasons, including the last two, and the Briton shares the record for victories at the slow and twisty Hungaroring with Michael Schumacher.

Rosberg's best result at the circuit, outside Budapest, remains a fourth place with Williams in 2009.

However, Hamilton's season has also been beset by bad luck, with two race retirements and problems such as the front brake disc failure in qualifying that led to him starting last weekend's German Grand Prix from 20th on the grid.

"I'm going there (Hungary) to try and win," he told reporters after finishing third at Hockenheim.

"I just hope that the car sticks together so I can go out and do the job...I'm not planning on starting from the back there," he added with a laugh.

Hamilton, like most Formula One drivers, is a believer in the old adage that you make your own luck in motor racing and he said he would never pray for it.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain speaks during a news conference at the Silverstone race circuit, central England, July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir