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NOW I'M READY 2 RUMBLE; Start: 1pm TV: Live on BBC1 FORMULA 1 : LEWIS EYES WIN IN HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX Hamilton wants a double.


LEWIS HAMILTON believes his world championship campaign will blast off in Hungary today.

The McLaren ace just missed out on pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix behind title leader Sebastian Vettel.

But he's still targeting a second victory in succession after his stunning success in Germany last week.

And he believes two wins in a row will give his title bid real momentum going into the three-week break.

Hamilton, 26, said: "It would be good to go into the break with another win. With another victory, there would be momentum.

"From one race you don't have it. Momentum is built up over several races.

"At Silverstone, I think I performed quite well and at the last race I performed quite well and I hope I can perform well this weekend. I am pretty certain I will. If we are in a position to win this weekend, I feel I am ready to take that opportunity."

His third triumph in five years here would be especially damaging for his Red Bull rivals.

Vettel is still hot title favourite with a 77-point lead over team-mate Mark Webber and 82 ahead of Hamilton.

The German may be on pole but for the first time this season the massed ranks of Vodafone McLaren are on his shoulder, with Hamilton second and Jenson Button third. Hamilton has lined up alongside his Red Bull rival twice in the opening two races and lost both times. But that was a different age. There is no longer the cavernous gap in speed, with the 2008 champion just over a tenth of a second slower than Vettel.

Last night RedBull took the desperate measure of breaking the overnight curfew to work on the German's race machine. And the showdown comes with Vettel's credentials as a racer, as opposed to a one lap, leadfrom-the-front specialist, under such attack that boss Christian Horner publicly insisted: "It's unfair to say he's not a racer. He has clearly shown that in the past."

He will get the chance to prove it today as he faces the threat of McLaren's superior start systems.

The only good news for Vettel was that Fernando Alonso qualified fifth behind team-mate Felipe Massa for the first time this year with Webber sixth.

Button becomes only the 11th man in history to reach the 200-race landmark when the lights go out today.

Although he admitted last week his own title hopes are over for this year, he'll be going all out for victory at the Hungaroring where he scored his first win in 2006. "This close to the front you have to go for victory," he said.

Fellow Brit Paul di Resta starts 11th, outqualified by Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil, who starts from eighth.


?BACK IN FORM: Hamilton celebrates with the trophy after winning the German Grand Prix
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2011
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