If it rains in India, it will be challenging: Hamilton

Updated: Oct 24, 2012, 20:06 PM IST

New Delhi/Gurgaon: Mclaren Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton said on Wednesday it will be challenging for him to drive, if it rains in India.

Hamilton, who is in New Delhi to take part in the Indian Grand Prix, said that he had won his best races when the track was wet.

“I don’t mind driving in the rain. I prefer when it is dry. Sometimes it depends on how wet it is. You do get wet, but some of my greatest races have been in the rain like my Silverstone Grand Prix in 2008, was one of my best races of all times. I won my Monaco Grand Prix in the rain. Yes I do like generally driving in the wet. It is so much more of a challenge. It is not as fast, but it is incredibly tricky, it’s like driving on ice. You try to keep your car in the straight, in the right direction on that kind of very slippery surfaces. The weather looks pretty good today so I can’t imagine it raining here,” said Hamilton.

“The track, obviously they are great to drive. But I think generally when you have good races, when you have good crowds, I think that what makes your weekends. So you got to go to some races. In Singapore for example tons of people turn up to Singapore. When you go to Silverstone it is just so full of roaring fans and the same when you go to Spain, the same when you go to Montreal and those really special circuits, the city comes alive, and the circuit is just alive because of all the fans so. I think all the fans what will make it a really special event,” said Hamilton.

At another event in Gurgaon, Haryana, Mercedes Team driver Nico Rosberg said it was great to return to India for this year’s Grand Prix.

“Yes it is great to come to India. It is great that F1 had made it happen to have race here because there is so much potential in this country and so many fans also who like to support us. So it is great and they have managed to make a really nice track. It was really fun to drive on this track. We had a really great race last year. And I look forward to similarly doing again this year and maybe managing together the podium with my Mercedes car, that would be fantastic,” Rosberg said.

This year’s edition of the Indian Grand Prix is slated to be held on October 26, 27 and 28 at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.

The circuit has 16 corners (nine of them right-handers) and cars hit a maximum speed without using DRS of 315kph. Average lap speed last year was around 206kph. The 1.12km straight is one of the longest on the calendar.