Planning to be streets ahead in Valencia

Ciaran Giles, Sapa

LEWIS Hamilton is excited by the prospect of racing on Formula One’s newest track this weekend as he seeks to extend his slim championship lead at the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

The street-circuit race around the port area of the eastern Spanish city marks the return of Formula One after a three-week summer break following the Hungarian Grand Prix, where a shredded tyre reduced Hamilton to a fifth-place finish. That left the McLaren-Mercedes driver on 62 points in the drivers’ championship, five ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who was third in Budapest, and eight in front of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

“I’m wary of making predictions — the race in Hungary showed just how unpredictable Formula 1 can be,” Hamilton said. “Clearly, though, I am still in a good position to challenge for the world championship and that remains my aim.”

Hamilton had some consolation in Budapest; his teammate Heikki Kovalainen won the race for his first Formula One victory. “I’m looking forward to getting into the cockpit on Friday morning. It looks like being an amazing track,” Hamilton said.

Ferrari, with five race wins, tops the constructors’ standings with 111 points. McLaren, which has also won five, including the past three, has 100 points. BMW Sauber has one win and 90 points.

Sunday’s race will be held over a new circuit, measuring 5.44km , with plenty of overtaking room promising a fast and competitive race. The race is the first of two street circuit premieres this season. The second will be in Singapore next month .

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  1. Can you please provide more information on this?

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