Hamilton wants real win in Austria after screen success

Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:28pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping to win Austria for real on Sunday after only previously mastering it as a video game.

The revamped Red Bull Ring returned to the calendar only last season after an 11 year absence and Hamilton, who made his Formula One debut in 2007, finished second to Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.

The track is one of just three current ones that he has yet to conquer -- the others being Brazil and Mexico, which returns this year for the first time since 1992.

"Definitely it's a big challenge for me and something I'm excited about," the Briton told reporters on Thursday. "I grew up playing computer games with this track and then I never got to really drive it.

"It was always one of my favorite ones on the computer game and then I remember watching the days of Michael (Schumacher) and Rubens (Barrichello) here and ones even further back than that," added the 30-year-old.

"So I was excited to come here last year. What I didn't know is how beautiful the place was."

Hamilton said Austria, homeland of Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff and the team's non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, made a refreshing change from other races.

"I had a really good time here last year because I had my two dogs with me and where I stayed there was a nice park area," he continued.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain talks to journalists in the paddock ahead of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, June 18, 2015.   REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger