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Hamilton Hopes Mercedes ‘don’t give up any more points’ in 2017

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Lewis Hamilton sits fourteen points behind Sebastian Vettel heading into the summer break - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lewis Hamilton hopes that he and his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team do not lose out on any more points in the championship, with the Briton feeling that they have given up more points than their Scuderia Ferrari rivals across the first eleven races of 2017.

Hamilton currently sits fourteen points behind Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship heading into the mid-season break, and he dropped thirteen of those in the Hungarian Grand Prix, where he finished fourth with the German taking the victory.

The Brit has taken three race victories in the past eight races, but the other five races he has failed to finish on the podium, finishing fourth in Russia, Austria and Hungary, fifth in Azerbaijan and seventh in Monaco.

Hamilton gifted team-mate Valtteri Bottas the podium finis in Hungary, allowing the Finn to re-pass him into the final corner of the final lap after earlier being allowed through to attack the Ferrari’s, only for him to be unable to pass Kimi Raikkonen for second.

“We’ve given up a lot of points to this point – Ferrari have given up a lot less as a team,” said Hamilton on Autosport. “We just hope that we don’t give up any more points.

“I don’t know why we were off the pace compared to the Ferraris [in Hungary], whether or not that will continue in the next race, I’ve got no idea.

“I don’t know whether they’ve got an upgrade, I’m not aware of that. Hopefully we’ll go to circuits like Spa and it will be a bit more like Silverstone [where Mercedes was dominant].”

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