According to Lewis Hamilton it was the dominant win of the British Grand Prix at SIlverstone was the key to his new found performance, leading him to winning the last three out of four Grands Prix. He has become the first driver this season to win back to back races and grabber the championship lead away from Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season, after previously sharing the lead after the Chinese Grand Prix.
He now seems well set to take this form that has given him a slender three point lead that should set him up well for the rest of the year, in what now looks like the quickest car, although Silverstone, Spa and Monza are all tracks that will suit his cars strengths, as opposed to the likes of Singapore which is next up on the calendar.
Hamilton revealed that the fight with Ferrari has kept him and the team motivated, saying: "It's been a real constant search and battle for perfection to overhaul Ferrari, 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.
.“[Monza was] just an exceptional weekend from the team, 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. 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.”
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing