Hamilton after win in Belgium: “Today was a dream”

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Lewis Hamilton was quick to thank his Mercedes AMG Petronas team following his victory in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton dominated proceedings at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps from pole position, cruising to his sixth win of the season to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.

Speaking on the podium after the race, Hamilton expressed his delight and heaped praise on the Mercedes team for providing him with the dominant W06 Hybrid car.

“For me, just an amazing weekend again,” Hamilton said. “An incredible job done by the team throughout the pit stops, throughout the whole weekend, the guys back at the factory.

“Today was a dream. The whole weekend, the car was fantastic. Thank you guys.”

Hamilton’s closest challenger for the race win was Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who finished two seconds down at the checkered flag.

Despite coming under pressure at moments during the race, Hamilton explained how he felt relaxed and in control at the front of the pack.

“Nico had obviously good pace but I was able to answer most of the time,” Hamilton said. “Fairly relaxed at the front, the car was feeling great so it was mainly about looking after the tires.

“Particularly at the end when I saw one of the tires had blown on another car, so the last two laps Nico was allowed to close the gap.

“[I] felt really under control the whole way, and as I said, a lot of good assistance from the team. I felt 100% all weekend.”

Hamilton now enjoys a 28-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship ahead of the Italian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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