Lewis Hamilton surprised by winning streak

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he never expected to enjoy such a successful start to the season, having won the last four races, but he has no plans of stopping any time soon as the Formula 1 circus heads to Monaco next weekend.

The British driver took the lead of the drivers’ championship in Spain after defeating teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.6 seconds, and he is hoping for a repeat result around the streets of Monte Carlo at F1’s blue riband event.

“Monaco is just incredible to drive and any driver will tell you that’s the race they want to win,” Hamilton said. “So many great names become legends around this circuit. It’s an honor to fight for your place amongst them and a real test of your skills behind the wheel.

“The last few races have been just incredible. I honestly never expected I’d win four consecutive grands prix in my career and I’d love to continue that run here.”

Hamilton still believes that there is room for improvement with the car, and felt uncomfortable throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend despite secure pole position and the win.

“I’ve had some work to do in terms of getting the car exactly as I want it after the weekend in Spain,” he said. “It was so close between our cars at the end and I need to keep pushing to find any extra edge I can.

“The car has been strong at every race so far and I’m sure it’ll be the same in Monaco, so we should be set for an entertaining weekend.”

Given Mercedes’ dominance of the season so far, it is hard to bet against the team winning once again at a track it traditionally excels around. Hamilton and Rosberg have amassed 197 of 215 possible points so far this season, but they are separated by just three in the drivers’ championship, meaning that once again we could be set for an enthralling battle between the Silver Arrows.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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