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Lewis Hamilton pays tribute to fans after British GP win

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Lewis Hamilton praised the fans for helping him fight back from a poor qualifying to win the British GP on Sunday.

The Briton could only manage sixth on Saturday as he backed off on his final attempt in a damp qualifying as other drivers went several seconds faster in the final sector.

In the race, he managed to pick his way through the cars in front and was there to take full advantage of Nico Rosberg's first retirement of the year to take his second win at Silverstone.

Passionate support

All weekend the passionate home crowd has been cheering for Hamilton and speaking after his season-changing victory he admitted their support was key to him picking himself up following the huge disappointment in qualifying.

"Yesterday was a really difficult day - I went away feeling terrible for the fans because I let them down, and the team, and myself," he told Autosport.

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"To turn that emptiness and negativity into a positive today was my main priority."

The 2008 champion also admitted the mistake to back off in qualifying had also given him a major wake-up call.

Kick in the balls

"Yesterday was a kick in the balls and I had to pick myself up," he said.

"I had to pull up my socks and get on with it if I wanted to win this championship. I cannot have situations like yesterday, in the last two races I had the pace for pole but I made it harder for myself and I will try not to do that again in the future."

Now though after claiming perhaps the most satisfying 25 points of his racing career, Hamilton believes he can use his home win to push on and take the battle to Rosberg now that the gap is back to just four points.

Momentum shift

"I came into this weekend saying it would be great if the fans could put the wind in my sails to regain the momentum," he explained.

"I got the win today and got the points back. I have been chasing all year after losing points in the first race; it has been very, very difficult. Now I feel we are back and close, and with the pace I had today I feel I have to focus for the next part of the season."

But reflecting on the events of Sunday at Silverstone, the Mercedes driver admitted the energy of the crowd was an added motivation during his bid to catch Rosberg before the German retired.

"Today I felt from the start I had the pace of Nico, and I was hunting him down like never before. I was looking forward to a wheel-to-wheel battle, but I'm sure we'll get more in the future."

Battle ahead

Looking ahead for Lewis, certainly Sunday's victory sees the pendulum swing back towards him in terms of who has the momentum at Mercedes.

For Rosberg, however, there is still the knowledge that he is leading the championship heading to his home race in Germany in two weeks time.

Events at Hockenheim and Hungary, where Hamilton won is first race for Mercedes last year, will be telling because who ever takes the championship lead into the summer break in August will have the advantage heading towards the final push to Abu Dhabi.

Double points

But again therein lies another and for this year unique aspect to the championship charge, with double points on offer at Yas Marina, providing one driver doesn't have multiple retirements compared to the other, the championship will likely be decided in a winner takes all finale.

In a season full of more twists and turns than an alpine slalom course, the latest pivot back towards Hamilton will be welcome news for his fans and those wanting a close title fight, but he will be all too aware that it only takes one more problem or mistake for that crest of a wave to become a drowning tsunami.

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