F1 ace Lewis Hamilton is gearing up for a “real challenge” in the Turkish Grand Prix this Sunday.
He came second in Istanbul last year despite making an extra pit stop for tyres.
Hamilton said: “I love racing in Turkey: it’s a real challenge because you need to attack the lap to get a good time.”
Tyres will play a key role – as usual.
Hamilton explained: “You also need to be careful with your tyres – if you push too much, particularly through Turn Eight, then your tyres are going to suffer.
“It’s all about finding the perfect balance in practice and being disciplined in the race so you don’t overdo it.
“I also love the fact that it’s a new circuit that has really captured the flavour of some of the older, classic tracks – it’s got a bit of everything and is fantastic to drive.
“Also, as it’s anti-clockwise, it gives your neck a bit of a workout – but you just need to make sure you’ve exercised the left side of your neck a little more than usual before getting in the car.”
Not only is the undulating track rated as one of the more challenging on the F1 calendar, but Hamilton has also gone two races without a single world championship point in what has been a disappointing past month for the reigning World Champ.
And with in-season testing banned, there has been no chance for McLaren to improving their under-performing MP4-24 in the build-up to Turkey, leaving Hamilton with little hope of achieving a podium finish.