Lewis Hamilton has now reduced Nico Rosberg’s lead at the top of the Formula 1 championship to just one point after his fourth victory in five races at the British Grand Prix.
But rather than revelling in his own talents and success, the three-time Formula 1 world champion quickly looked to praise the rousing support that he received from the home fans at the race.
According to the BBC, Hamilton admitted that he was “blown away” by the support that he received from fans at the British Grand Prix, before he then added, “It’s mesmerising to see so many people so cheerful. Just seeing how positive everyone was, the constant love that’s shown.”
“I really feel like we did it together.”
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 10, 2016
Hamilton then declared, “I really feel like we did it together. It is a long journey we have been on, and there is real love there.”
Hamilton went on to declare that everything from the first practice session on Thursday all the way through to him winning the race from start to finish, via qualifying on pole position on Saturday, made for “a perfect weekend.”
Lewis Hamilton continued, “I am really happy because it is so easy to come into this weekend with the wrong energy. But to come in feeling fresh, powerful, strong and confident and deliver is what I plan to do every weekend. This has been the best week of the year, without doubt.”
This was Lewis Hamilton’s fourth victory at the British Grand Prix, as well as his third in succession. This means that he is just one behind Jim Clark and Alain Prost, both of whom have won the British Grand Prix on five occasions, while it brought him level with the legendary British Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell.
Following a difficult start to the 2016 Formula One world championship season, Lewis Hamilton found himself over 40 points behind his teammate Nico Rosberg in the standings. However, after winning four of the past five races, Hamilton is right back in contention, while Rosberg has fallen off the pace.
Rosberg won the first four races of the season in Australia, Bahrain, China, and Russia; however, he’s now only won one of the last six rounds. Hamilton’s attempts to win in the latter races were sabotaged because of problems with his Mercedes, and he’s now insisted that if he hadn’t had these issues then he feels like he would be out in front in the championship.
“I feel like I would have won in China and Russia if I didn’t have the problems I had,” Hamilton declared. “But I would definitely say through that rough patch I was going through in terms of reliability, it is hard to handle when you want to win the world championship as much as I do.”
— Channel 4 F1® (@C4F1) July 10, 2016
“But I really feel that since that low after Barcelona, I was able to cultivate a very positive and strong mental attitude, and that’s what I have today. That’s how I’ve won as many races as I have and it’s something I plan to continue.”
The incident in Barcelona that Hamilton was referring to saw Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crash out in spectacular fashion on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix. Since then, in both the Canadian and Austrian Grand Prix events, Hamilton and Rosberg have collided on the track again, leading Mercedes to insist that if they did so again then they would both be fined or even suspended by the team.
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