Rejuvenated Lewis Hamilton in driving seat after Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton insists he is now 'firing on all cylinders' in his quest for a fourth world championship after his British Grand Prix victory completed what he described as the 'best week of the year'.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory at Silverstone which puts him just a point behind Nico Rosberg. Picture: AFP/Getty
Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory at Silverstone which puts him just a point behind Nico Rosberg. Picture: AFP/Getty

Hamilton is now just one point behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, pictured below, after a superb lights-to-flag victory in front of a record Silverstone crowd.

The 31-year-old’s build-up to his home race had been overshadowed by his crash with team-mate Rosberg in Austria. It also emerged that Hamilton hurled a number of items around his Mercedes dressing room when he crashed out in qualifying at last month’s European Grand Prix.

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But following a short break in Montenegro, Hamilton topped all three practice sessions at Silverstone before storming to pole, and then led every lap of Sunday’s rain-hit grand prix.

“I’m really, really happy because it is so easy to come into this weekend with the wrong energy, whether it is nerves, or if you listen to all the negativity that surrounded me,” Hamilton said.

“But to arrive feeling fresh, feeling powerful, feeling strong and confident, and then to deliver, is what I plan to do every weekend.

“On the Monday and Tuesday I was in a beautiful place. I was by the beach, by the sea, and I felt fresh, (I had) plenty of sleep, good vibes, good food and good people and that started me out on the best week I have had all year, without a doubt.

“With the last race and now this race, the fire is fully lit, so I’m firing on all cylinders and hopefully this will continue.”

Hamilton’s early defence of his title had been hit by a number of technical troubles, but the Briton has now taken 42 points out of Rosberg’s lead in the five races since they both crashed out of the Spanish Grand Prix.

And Hamilton will now head to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix – a race he, along with Michael Schumacher. has won more times than any other driver in the sport’s history – with the title momentum firmly in his favour.

“I would definitely say that the rough patch I was going through, in terms of reliability, was hard to handle when you want to win the world championship as much as I do,” Hamilton added.

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“But since that low after Barcelona I feel like I was able to cultivate a very strong and positive mental attitude, and that’s why I’ve won however many races since then and I plan to continue.”

After winning the opening four rounds, Rosberg is enduring a comparative slump.

A team radio infringement as he battled a gearbox issue in the closing stages led to him being demoted to third, while he was harshly booed on the podium by the partisan British crowd.

“I tried to calm them down because it’s been such a great day that I feel like we’re better than that,” Hamilton, who himself was subjected to boos at the last race in Austria, said.

“You have to understand that they’re mad, passionate fans, and they feel like something wasn’t right in the last race. I imagine maybe when we get to Germany we will have the same thing, but I hope not because in sport it is not the done thing.”