Hamilton: Still all to play for

Sunday 29-July-2012 15:53

Lewis Hamilton's error-free weekend culminated in victory at the Hungarian GP and now the McLaren driver looking forward to building on the win.

The 27-year-old topped the timesheets on Friday and then claimed P1 in qualifying on Saturday. He followed it up with a pole to chequered flag victory on Sunday, which was his third win in Budapest and 19th overall.

Although delighted that McLaren are once again able to compete at the right end of the grid after a few difficult races, Hamilton knows there is still a long way to go and a lot of hard work ahead.

"An amazing day, fantastic work by all the team and the fans have been fantastic. Thank you for having us," he said.

He added: "I am looking forward to the continuation of the Championship. A long way to go and a lot of work to do but we have shown we can compete. It is very, very close but we are going to give it all we can."

Hamilton's P1 means he has reduced the gap to Championship pacesetter Fernando Alonso to 47 points.

"This weekend shows it is all to play for still," he said. "Not enough points taken for Fernando. If we can continue this kind of performance we can catch up.

"We need consistency and we need to improve the car still in many areas and I am sure we will do that."

The 2008 World Champion came under pressure from Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean throughout the race, but they never really threatened his lead.

"When you win like this when under intense pressure from great drivers like Romain and Kimi, this is the kind of day when you have to have your mind 100 per cent," Hamilton said. "I feel great, because the team didn't flinch and neither did I."

He added: "It was never really close. I allowed them to close up in certain corners so that he may have problems with his tyres. I just made sure I saved my speed for the last sector so I had a big enough gap in the last three corners."

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