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Burn out fears for Formula One star

UNDER PRESSURE: Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS HAMILTON has been given time off by McLaren in order to recharge his batteries.

The Briton finished fourth in Sunday’s British Grand Prix but his team have fears over the “burden” of Hamilton’s life in the fast lane.

Hamilton has been given time off ahead of next week's German Grand Prix after the 2008 Formula One champion said he feared burnout under the burden of media and sponsorship commitments.

"I think Lewis has done too much coming into this Grand Prix," team principal Martin Whitmarsh said after Sunday's British race at Silverstone, a disappointing afternoon for his men.

"We've managed to organise a bit of a break for him before Germany, which I know he wants. Then he has a big break after that in August as well.

"It's one of those things. He is a world superstar and lots of people want lots of his time, but we're generally being criticised for protecting him too much, aren't we?," added Whitmarsh.

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