After a productive trip to Canada, Formula 1 returns to its home continent for Europe’s largest event. Lewis Hamilton, Jensen Button and other big names from the McLaren team weight in on their chances.
Any sporting event of this caliber is very tense on the fans, especially if they are into sports betting. That, however, cannot even begin to stack up to the amount of stress the pilots themselves go through. Not only do they have to do their best to bring home the cup, but they have to be much more careful than any other athletes to not try too hard. After all, even millions of dollars invested into safety is not sufficient to fully mitigate the risks involved with traveling at such high speeds. Every pilot participating in the Formula 1 Europe Grand Prix no doubt has a lot on their mind. Lewis Hamilton, his sidekick Jensen Button and the team principal Martin Whitmarsh had a few things to get off their chest regarding their chances of picking up this huge win for the McLaren camp.
“The last few races haven’t delivered the results I’d like, but there are still 13 races to go. We’ve had seven different winners and no clear championship leader has emerged, so I’ll be looking to get a decent result under my belt next weekend in order to get my title bid back on track. I know just how strong Vodafone McLaren Mercedes can be. Valencia is a track I really enjoy; I’ve already won on a street circuit this year so I’m definitely optimistic about having a great weekend and picking up the momentum again in the title fight.”
“The circuit is quite tough. It’s a very technical track, with lots of slow- to medium-speed corners that require good traction and set-up as well as lots of precision. Towards the end of the lap, the track gathers speed and opens up, the sweepers leading to the pits are actually incredibly fast, and they’re all about correct placement of the car to ensure you’re well placed for the following corner. That’s probably the most satisfying part of the lap.“
McLaren Team Principal Martin Whtimarsh
“Victory in Montreal last weekend was extremely satisfying, and, while you’re only as good as your last result in F1, it’s done nothing to quell our determination ahead of next weekend’s European Grand Prix, which has traditionally been an extremely tough event. The city itself is an exciting edgy blend of the classical and the ultra-contemporary, and, as such, a perfect locale for one of Formula One’s newest races.“
The European Grand Prix is one of the biggest racing events of the year.