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enough now to put that be­hind me and look for­ward and take back what I lost last year.”

Hamil­ton, how­ever, will be cer­tain to mount a fierce chal­lenge for vic­tory af­ter win­ning in Spain two weeks ago and knows that he can­not af­ford to al­low Vettel any chance to build up mo­men­tum.

The race will be billed as the 64th run­ning of the Monaco Grand Prix as part of the world cham­pi­onship — though it is the 75th race since 1929 — and will see back-from-re­tire­ment former win­ner Jen­son But­ton, the 2009 cham­pion, re­plac­ing two-time cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso at McLaren.

Alonso will in­stead be at the In­di­anapo­lis 500 while But­ton, mak­ing his 306th F1 start, hopes Honda’s pack­age of up­grades can en­able him to make an im­pres­sive re­turn for Monaco’s his­tor­i­cally most suc­cess­ful team. AFP

AP PIC

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vettel steers his car dur­ing the first free prac­tice at the Monaco Cir­cuit yes­ter­day.

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