Formula 1

Empowering..

Lewis Hamilton knows when the momentum swung in his favour this season

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Lewis Hamilton says his fifth British Grand Prix win set him up mentally for his outstanding performance at the Italian Grand Prix. 

The Mercedes driver beat rival Sebastian Vettel by 36 seconds at Monza. This places him in a three-point lead over his Ferrari rival.

Speaking to journalists following his win, 32-year-old Hamilton said: "Silverstone was a real empowering weekend and it kind of sparked a forest fire within me and that's hopefully reflecting in my driving.

"These last few races have been very solid. I felt more heart and passion within myself, I have found more in myself in the last three or four races.

"While l feel like l always drive with my heart, and my heart is the power and force behind what l do, I think my mind is like the rudder and l feel it has been steering me in the right direction."

Hamilton was keen not to take all the credit, however.

He owes much, he said, to the team he has behind him, who have been working just as hard to help him storm into the lead of the world championship for the first time in 12 months.

“This team has really just shown, these past two weeks, such strength collectively. We had the bosses in Italy from Daimler, from Mercedes, from Petronas who are so heavily involved.

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“For me it’s really inspiring to see that they’re so involved and so keen for us to be the best, because that gives me confidence that it can continue for many years to come.

“There’s just no fault through any part of the team in terms of really understanding the car and squeezing every bit of juice out of this thing. That’s why you saw that pace. We’ve got to make sure we continue to do that these next races.”

Seven races remain this season, and with three points over Vettel, Hamilton couldn't be better situated to dominate the rest of 2017

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