Hamilton gunning for second Singapore win next weekend

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Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on claiming a second win at the Singapore Grand Prix to cut the gap to teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship as the title run-in begins.

The Briton won the race back in 2009 for McLaren, but has not finished on the podium since. After his victory at Monza, he is just 22 points behind Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ standings, and feels motivated ahead of F1’s only night race.

“Despite the highs and lows, I’m still well and truly in the hunt for the championship and that is something that gives me huge motivation for the final six races, starting in Singapore,” Hamilton said in Mercedes’ grand prix preview.

“It’s a great place to begin the final flyaway phase of the season. The city is buzzing and the track is mega. It’s a street circuit and I love street circuits.

“I won there in 2009 which was a really special experience, plus I had a podium – which should really have been a win – at the first race in 2008. My luck hasn’t been great at this circuit since then but hopefully that will change next weekend.”

Rosberg has featured on the podium in Singapore just once, but he too is a fan of the event which sees the entire city become dedicated to Formula 1 for the weekend.

“There’s an amazing atmosphere and the whole city really comes to life for the race weekend,” the German said. “It’s just unreal – I would really recommend anybody to go there if they can as it’s a fantastic experience. The circuit, the city, the atmosphere… everything!

“The way they basically shut down a whole place just for Formula One is incredible and it’s amazing to think of all the work that must go into making it happen.

“I got my second ever podium here with P2 in 2008 and I generally enjoy street circuits, so I’m looking to go one better this time around.”

As our two title protagonists lock horns, sparks could fly under the lights in Singapore next weekend.