Hamilton Praises KERS ahead of Valencia
Following his smashing success in Hungary, Hamilton believes McLaren wouldn't have stand a chance against the Red Bulls should they have quit the technology earlier in the season. However, given the considerable amount of power boost provided by KERS race in and race out, Ham is only thinking race-wins for the remainder of the 2009 season.
“As our car gets better KERS is going to become more and more valuable. I think if we were to take our KERS off then currently we are not as fast as, say, the Red Bulls. But with our KERS on I think we are now just as fast as them. I think that in Valencia - and in fact quite a lot of the races coming up - KERS is going to be quite an advantage to have, especially off the start,” said Hamilton in an interview with The Telegraph.
“Our aim now is to win as many races as we can. Valencia went very well for me last year. I was second there last year and we were very competitive with Ferrari and Felipe (Massa). It definitely suited my driving style and hopefully now with the car being a bit better we should be able to compete again for at least a podium. I think this weekend should be good for us,” added Hamilton.
The Valencia race will also mark the 250th start of McLaren since partnering with Mercedes-Benz, as confirmed by Martin Whitmarsh. However, the Woking based team did not announce any major updates for their MP4-24 this weekend.