Hamilton: I won’t change my approach to the French GP

Lewis HamiltonMagny-Cours, he will not change his approach to the race.

The McLaren driver smacked into the back of championship rival Kimi Raikkonen in the pit-lane at Montreal a fortnight ago as the Finn was stopped at the red light at the end of the pit-lane. Race stewards decided to give Hamilton a ten place penalty over the incident meaning the best grid position the Brit can achieve at the French Grand Prix is eleventh place.

“It doesn t really change,” Hamilton told a press conference. “It is a race and I m here to win and so I approach it the same. Obviously it would be nice to qualify on the front row, which would put us just outside the top ten but I don t know. I will have to wait and speak with my engineers.

“For me, I don t think I have less pressure. At the back, I think there is more work for me to do. Considering we are all so close in the championship, I guess it spices it up a bit if that s what they want.

“It s going to be harder, coming from the back. But I don t have any doubts or any worries. I think we are going to have a very strong package this weekend and I think the car will be good, if not better, than it was in the last race. With that pace, as long as we stay out of trouble, we should be able to score some good points.”