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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton plans 'maximum attack' for Turkish GP victory

Lewis Hamilton says he is still "solely set" on winning the Turkish Grand Prix, despite starting back in 11th position.

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Lewis Hamilton has vowed to take a "maximum attack" approach to the Turkish Grand Prix, as he attempts to charge through the field from 11th on the grid.

Hamilton and Mercedes have set the pace all weekend at Istanbul Park, topping both of Friday's practice sessions and qualifying on Saturday, but the seven-time World Champion will take a 10-place grid penalty for fitting a new engine.

Sunday's race is expected to take place in the dry, conditions Mercedes particularly enjoyed in FP1 and FP2, while title rivals Red Bull struggled for pace, and Hamilton is not giving up on victory.

"My eyes are still solely set on winning the race," Hamilton told Sky Sports. "It's gonna be very hard from 11th, but not impossible.

"I don't know what the weather's gonna do, so [I'm] just staying on my toes, and making sure that we deliver 'maximum attack'."

However, despite his determination to make up ground over the course of the race, Hamilton admits the start may require a more cautious approach.

"It's a long race," the Briton went on to comment.

"If I can be higher up early on, then great, but I've got to stay out of trouble, and that will be probably my priority, initially.

"Then [I'll] see if it's possible to pick them off one by one."

Hamilton currently leads Max Verstappen by two points in the championship standings. Verstappen will start the race in second position, behind Hamilton's teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

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