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Lewis Hamilton basks in glory

WINNER: Hamilton enjoys the moment (PA)

IN THE aftermath of clinching his second world drivers’ championship Lewis Hamilton identified his response to a disappointing race at Spa in Belgium as the turning pointing in his pursuit to the title.

“Spa was a low moment”, he told Sky Sports.

“It was a very difficult scenario to be in and going back years ago, I wouldn’t have reacted the way I did this year”.

After that weekend in Belgium, which saw Hamilton concede a 29-point lead to team-mate Rosberg, he answered back magnificently with five successive victories to keep his championship hopes alive.

Hamilton said: “I would have chosen another way which wouldn’t have been a positive and I guess with age, and just maturing and having a different perspective on life, I handled it a different way.

“I really thought for the following days and really turned my focus to a different area.”

Spa was perhaps the pinnacle of the blatant rivalry that took place between Hamilton and Rosberg as they continued to fight it out for the title.

Despite the obvious frictions that took place between them, the German was quick to pay tribute to his Mercedes compatriot.

He said: “In the end my race did not make a difference because Lewis won the race fair and square. He deserved to win and he deserved to win the championship.

“This year he was that little bit better. He has done an amazing job and was the best driver on the grid this year”.

The Stevenage-born driver took a moment himself to congratulate his childhood friend who played the part in one of the most engrossing duels in F1 history.

“Nico put on an incredible fight throughout the year," Hamilton added.

“He was an incredible competitor.”

To put the icing on an incredible year, Hamilton is set now for fresh contract talks, according to Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said: “We are going to do this [contract] in the next two weeks. He's happy, we're happy, I don't see any issues”.

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