Hamilton expects to be strong in next batch of Grands Prix

Lewis Hamilton expects McLaren to flourish over the next few races, as the British driver attempts to extend his championship lead.

Victory in the Canadian Grand Prix saw Hamilton rocket to the top of the standings, and with a strong record in the next phase of races, the 25-year-old believes that he is in a perfect position to establish himself at the top of the leaderboard.

“We [McLaren] have got a couple of good races coming up,” said Hamilton. “Valencia is a strong one for me. Silverstone is a good circuit. It has been in the past, but we will have to see how the new section of the circuit is.

“Hopefully our car will improve over those couple of races. Hungary is a good one for us too, so there are good races coming up.

“If I am able to keep my head and stay focused, as this is where you really have to knuckle and grind, to brush it down to the bone, then this is where you can make a difference.

“You can see how close it is, and I am sure if you are able to get a fair enough gap you might be able to maintain that for the rest of the year. That has got to be the target.”

Hamilton enduring a frustrating start to the year, finding himself largely overshadowed by the victories of his team-mate Jenson Button. However, the 2008-champion says that he was also confident of challenging for the 2010 crown.

“I have not felt that that wasn’t the case, even though I wasn’t at the front,” he said. “I feel I have been doing good races and driving well all year. I feel stronger than ever. But just now the opportunities are coming and I am taking them with both hands.”