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Lewis Hamilton: “Winning in front of your home crowd is something else”

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Lewis Hamilton is eager to experience the same emotions he had in 2014 when he took his second British Grand Prix victory in front of his home fans.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver comes to Silverstone on the back of being beaten by team-mate Nico Rosberg in Austria two weeks ago, but is hoping for a much different result this weekend, with the race victory firmly in the championship leaders target.

“I don’t feel like I ever really reached my peak in Austria,” revealed Hamilton. “It wasn’t the smoothest of weekends for me – so to come away with P2 wasn’t a disaster in the circumstances.

“Silverstone, though… that’s different. I can’t describe the feeling I had last year – lifting that trophy again in front of the sea of fans on pit straight after so many years and after a tough start to the weekend too. It’s something that will always stay with me and nothing less than the same again will do.

“I’m lucky enough to have fans all around the world – but winning in front of your home crowd is something else. We have a fantastic car this year – even better than in 2014 – and it should suit this track, so I’ll be going all out to make the most of it.

“The guys back at the factories deserve to see a big home result and I want to see Silverstone absolutely rocking at the chequered flag!”

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