Lewis Hamilton has been recording tracks in an LA studio but the record he is more anxious to promote is the one that says he has won three times in six outings at the Hungaroring, where the Hungarian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday.
Hamilton, who has also spent time relaxing on a yacht in Ibiza recently, rather tests credulity when he says his three-week break from Formula One has been "too long".
"I just really missed being in the car," he says. "Particularly this week I have been really excited about getting back." But, he says, the break has brought benefits. "I had time to really think about how well the season has gone for me. Everyone was talking me down at the beginning of the year. So many things said about whether it was right or wrong decisions, whether it was a silly mistake.
"But the team and I have constantly proved everyone wrong, race by race. We are second in the constructors' championship which is a massive boost. I feel privileged and grateful that I have been able to contribute to that. I would never have thought we would have been in such a competitive position – still within shooting distance of both championships.
"We are not that far off Red Bull [they are 67 points ahead in the constructors' race] and I think we are serious contenders to them because we are doing a proper job.
"I definitely have a positive feeling within myself," says Hamilton. "It is not because I am trying to prove I was right [to leave McLaren] because I knew I was and it has paid off. In many respects I am fortunate that the team have taken a step in the right direction. It is definitely cool that people have changed their opinions."
Hamilton, who won here in his debut season of 2007 and again in 2009 and 2012, is still on the fringe of the race for the world championship; he is in fourth place, 58 points behind the familiar leader, Sebastian Vettel.
The German is in the driving seat for the championship, especially as Mercedes have ongoing tyre issues and will have to come to terms with different rubber here, a combination of the 2012 and 2013 versions.
Hamilton will have a better chance next year, when Mercedes could well have the most competitive package in the paddock. But the break since Germany and a return to Hungary – his most successful track along with Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – has brought a fresh zest to his appetite for racing.
Why is he so strong here? "I don't know. It is an aggressive driver's track. You have to be aggressive and I am more aggressive than most. It tends to suit me more."
But the difficulty in overtaking at this comparatively slow track puts a premium on qualifying well. This is where Mercedes have been strong, with six poles in the past seven races. Hamilton says: "It definitely helps. To follow people here is not a good thing, especially for us with our tyres overheating. Following anyone is going to be trouble. Getting up front will give you the best opportunity of staying there. I am just hopeful that these tyres perform better."
On holiday and on the yacht belonging to the former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger, Hamilton spent time talking to Niki Lauda, Mercedes's non-executive chairman. "It was just a general meeting," says Hamilton. "Niki is always asking me how he can help. He asks me about the weaknesses in the team and where it can be improved on. I landed in Ibiza on Monday and went to see Niki and Gerhard and spent time with their families."
Hamilton is a driver of moods but he seems up for it once more. "I come here positive, because I know the car has been improved for the weekend and knowing that after being on pole at the last race we can have a fighting chance of doing the same again. Whether we will win is yet to be seen."
Hamilton, it seems, needs his racing after admitting that his world had been "turned upside down" following his break-up with his long-term girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger. Looking back on his recent time in an LA studio he adds: "I haven't been writing love songs, as some people have been suggesting, to win anyone back."
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