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Lewis Hamilton: 'I am here to win, that’s all'

IN THE HUNT: Lewis Hamilton

TAKING TOP spot on the podium following his victory at the Austrian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton brushed off the chorus of boos ringing out from fans at trackside by simply stating: "I am here to win. That’s all."

Having closed the championship points gap to eleven between himself and leader Nico Rosberg in emphatic fashion in Spielberg where the British driver passed his team mate on the last lap of the race and hurtled towards the finish line despite Rosberg crashing into him, Hamilton completed a positive weekend which saw him start the race from pole position.

It was the 250th Grand Prix win by a British driver and Hamilton’s 46th career victory.

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Pleased with his efforts ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend Hamilton said: “I needed those points. I can’t afford to lose any points,” he enthused.

“Luckily I was as close as I could be on the (last) lap. Nico made a mistake and I tried to capitalise on that. I don’t know if it was a mistake he made in turn two, it may have been his brake issue, but we collided and obviously I was able to still continue to go. But I’m just really grateful. I didn’t give up. I kept pushing. I thoroughly enjoyed the race, you know. This is what racing is about. It’s about close battles, difficult times and challenges ahead but the most important thing is to keep going and keep your head up every time you stumble.”

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Addressing the boo boys Hamilton added: “Of course it’s not great and especially with how much I love it here. It’s one of the most beautiful countries I’ve been to. Every time I come here, the scenery,” he said.

“And so to have that kind of feeling for a country and then have that response when you have a win, for sure it’s not the greatest but I forgive them. Sometimes that’s just the way it is and I don’t judge them for that. They have the right to have an opinion. Not quite sure why they have done it but it doesn’t really make any difference to me. I won the race, I think fair and square.”

Unperturbed by the collision with his teammate that could easily have ended his race Hamilton preferred to look forward rather than dwell on the negatives.

He said: “This is motor racing and the team allow us to race and it’s the aim for both of us to win races - this was just an unfortunate incident today. I’m looking forward to getting to Silverstone to catch up with my fans and hopefully I can get another good result there.”

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