Hamilton looks to banish bad memories in France

Lewis Hamilton has said that he will have the motivation of banishing some bad memories when he starts his eighth Formula One grand prix in France this weekend.

The Englishman has won his last two races and should be confident going into the race at Magny-Cours, but past experiences have taught him to respect the circuit.

Commenting on the French track, the current championship leader said: "It’s not been one of my best."

He explained: "The French round of the GP2 championship last season was not my best weekend as I had a coming-together in the first race.

"That led to me starting race two from 19th. I did make my way up through the field to fifth to score some points, so it is possible to overtake here."

Hamilton pointed out that the ability to overtake at Magny-Cours combined with the circuit’s short pit lane means that there are more strategic options available to teams and drivers.

The Formula One championship comes to Britain on July 8th for the Silverstone Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver admitted he was looking forward to this race, but added: "I know I first need to go to Magny-Cours and score points to maintain my lead in the championship."

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