Lewis Hamilton's actions in recent weeks have not exactly made him one of the most popular drivers in Formula One. However, by securing third place in qualifying at Valencia, the British driver took the first step in consigning the past few weeks to history.
His goal for the race? To finish. "Valencia is a fresh start for me. I definitely want to complete the race. If I can defend my P3, then I'll be happy. Anything more is a bonus," Hamilton told Autoblog modestly.
In the last three races, McLaren were easily a match for Red Bull's race pace and were even faster in some instances.
"I hope that we'll have the fastest race car tomorrow as well," said team boss Martin Whitmarsh.
To secure victory, according to Hamilton, you must drive the perfect race: perfect start, perfect pit stops, perfect rhythm and perfect strategy. The British driver continued: "We'll mull over strategy this evening. Jenson proved in Canada that you can win from behind. Our race pace is good, and I'm feeling very positive."
However, he went on to admit that in qualifying he had hoped to be closer to the Red Bulls as a result of rule changes.
Singing the praises of workers at the factory in Woking, he concluded: "The guys have worked hard to get new parts to us, and they're just fantastic."