As Formula One heads to New Delhi for the first ever Indian Grand Prix next weekend, Lewis Hamilton says McLaren will be competitive, despite having never even put in a lap at the new circuit.
McLaren have claimed three podium finishes in as many races, including a victory for Jenson Button in Japan. Added to that, Hamilton also ended Red Bull's run of pole positions at the most recent outing in Korea.
"It's too early to say, but I think we're set to be competitive at all of the final three races," said the 2008 World Champion. "We were quick at Singapore, Japan and Korea - and I think the pattern at the front has sort of settled down now as we reach the end of the season.
"I think we have a car that can be quick anywhere, so I'd like to think we'd be in the hunt again next weekend."
Button, who is currently leading the race for runner-up in the Drivers' Championship, says the Buddh International circuit will offer a host of challenges to the drivers.
"I can't really say properly until I've driven it," he said "But the track itself has quite a nice mix of corners. The start of the lap is pretty stop-start, there are a couple of long straights mixed with tight hairpins, but it's the end of the lap that's more interesting: there are some pretty high-speed changes of direction through the ‘S’s and some gradient change.
"One of the things that looks really interesting is the double-apex banked corner at the back of the circuit - that's pretty unusual. It's sort of a mix between Turn 13 at China and Korea's Turn 11."
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