Hamilton: Mercedes will win again in 2013

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Lewis Hamilton is confident that Mercedes’ victory in Monaco will not be their sole success in the 2013 season.

Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag first last weekend, and although Hamilton concedes that there is still work to do, he does not believe that he has missed his only chance to win.

“Of course you could think that Monaco was our best shot and my side of the garage missed it, but I just feel that this team is just going to continue to improve throughout the year,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.

The conditions in Monaco suited Mercedes, with the low tire wear allowing Rosberg to manage the race from the front, whereas the three races beforehand had seen the team squander pole position due to problems with their rear tires. However, next weekend’s race in Canada is one of the toughest for tire wear, which could cause problems for Mercedes, and Hamilton has admitted that they still do not understand the tires perfectly.

“Once we understand these tires more, which we will eventually get to, then I think another win is definitely on the cards.”

Despite the black cloud hanging over Mercedes, who have to answer the FIA’s disciplinary inquiry over their secret tire test, Hamilton is keeping his focus on the race track.

“I think it is important that we just stay focussed and don’t get distracted by the stuff around us. It is so easy to do that, particularly for the drivers and the team when we are at the track. It is important to just keep on minds clear and focus on the job at hand.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.