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Lewis Hamilton admits: 'Ali inspires me'

LOOKING FOR A WIN: Lewis Hamilton

MERCEDES ACE Lewis Hamilton has confessed that he is inspired by boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Hamilton, set to take part in Sunday's (June 6) British Grand Prix at Silverstone, says the pugilist known as 'The Greatest' is one of his heroes.

Hamilton is currently 29 points behind teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers' championship after finishing second in two of the last three races. The Briton has also had to retire twice due to car problems.

Hamilton told BBC Sport: "I think about Muhammad Ali. He sat on the rope and let [Foreman] have the upper hand until he decided it was the right time to turn it around."

"Winning your home grand prix is one of the greatest experiences you can have as a driver," added Hamilton.

"I'm hopeful I don't have any more bad luck with the non-finishes and it's time to turn things around."

The last time Hamilton won Silverstone was in 2008, the same year he won his first and only title.

With Jenson Button and his erratic McLaren unlikely to make the podium and little expected of Max Chilton in the Marussia; the only possibility of an English win rests on the shoulders of 28-year-old Hamilton.

With 120,000 spectators expected for Sunday's race, Hamilton knows the pressure will be on from both the crowd and himself.

Mercedes have been the season's early front runners, winning seven of the eight races so far.

Mercedes bosses have allowed the drivers to compete against each other all season, and no one expects that to change in Northamptonshire this weekend.

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