Lewis Hamilton is ready to renew his title race when the season resumes next week in Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix.
"Personally, I think Spa is one of the ‘great’ Formula One tracks, and one I’d really love to win," said Hamilton.
"I’ll be going flat-out to try and get us back into the hunt again in Belgium, and it would be fantastic if we could take home another win at the end of the weekend."
Hamilton lost his championship lead to Mark Webber and Red Bull at the Hungarian Grand Prix, leaving the McLaren driver four points behind.
He surrendered his lead after failing to finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix because of a transmission failure:
"For this year, too, I head to Spa off the back of a disappointing non-finish in Hungary. We’ve investigated the causes, and think we’ve identified the reason and are confident that it shouldn’t happen again."
Team mate Jenson Button is optimistic that the team has made progress and that new flexi-wing tests introduced by the FIA will help set McLaren’s title ambitions back on track.
We come into the Belgian Grand Prix knowing that we have some catching-up do to. While we’re optimistic that the bodywork rules clarification will close the gap among the top teams, and that both Spa and Monza should suit our package better than the Hungaroring, it’s still important that we regain the momentum we’d reached earlier this season.
I love racing at Spa – it’s one of the truly great circuits, and a Grand Prix that I’d love to win. I didn’t have the best race here last year, when I was punted out at the top of the hill on the first lap, so that just gives me additional motivation to do well here.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh added:
"After a disappointing Hungarian Grand Prix, we are pushing hard to regain the performance relative to our rivals that we had enjoyed earlier this season.
"While we believe our recent upgrades have given us a downforce improvement, it appears that the package hasn’t yet delivered to its full potential, particularly in terms of providing the drivers with a consistent, confidence-delivering platform.
"We were able to carry out some useful evaluative tests during practice in Hungary, which provided us with some useful data and avenues for experimentation. And we’ll take that programme further in Spa, running floor rakes during practice to supply us with more information.
"As we’ve always stated, we believe there are some large areas of performance locked within the car and its recent upgrade, and we are confident that our solid-engineering approach will enable us to fully unlock them sooner rather than later."
2010 Belgian Grand Prix