• McLaren driver complained of workload at British Grand Prix
• Tyres could be decisive factor in Hungary, says Briton
Lewis Hamilton, who complained about his workload away from the track before the British Grand Prix, has attributed his success at the Nürburgring on Sunday partly to being able to recharge his batteries before the race.
“I have so much energy this weekend to be elated,” he said. “People will laugh because I say I had a rest but it is the truth. You have to have energy and be clear in the mind and have time to do your training.
“I trained twice last week, had good food and was massively positive all week, wasn’t in the media anywhere, wasn’t ‘papped’ anywhere. I was just focused and came here with a fresh head and felt good. And then the car was with me.”
Hamilton also believes the championship leader Sebastian Vettel will come back strongly after a lacklustre performance in Germany. “Sebastian has been massively consistent since last year but you can’t win them all. You can’t get out of the right side of the bed every day,” he said.
“This was a small glitch over a long period. I have no doubts he will have some interesting comments made about him but he still finished fourth and the rest had a slightly better weekend. He will be back, no doubt.”
The McLaren driver remains realistic about his chances at the next grand prix on Sunday in Hungary, which is often an extremely hot race. “We are good in those conditions when it is cool and wet,” he said in reference to the Nürburgring. “The McLaren has always been able to switch its tyres on. We are able to do it more than others.
“We might get to the next race and be massively off because we might overheat our tyres. If the car behaves like it did this weekend, we will be there again. I have won in Hungary before, so I can do it again. It all depends on how things play out.”
Nonetheless, before his focus turned to the Hungaroring, the driver was still savouring the victory in Germany. Wearing the orange tops the McLaren team don after a victory, he said: “I have all my winners’ tops for all my grand prix wins and the names of the grands prix written in the back of them. Years from now, I will be able to say I won this grand prix and that grand prix. I will remember this one [Germany] like Silverstone 2008.”