Lewis Hamilton “couldn’t be in a better place”

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Lewis Hamilton is feeling in good shape ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, claiming that he couldn’t be better upon F1’s return to Europe.

The Briton has endured a tough season so far, being embroiled in a title fight with teammate Nico Rosberg. This appeared to spill over in Monaco, but since then, relations have improved and Hamilton is now feeling happy again.

“I’m great, excited,” he said, smiling. “Couldn’t be in a better place really. Had a good couple of weeks, and had a bit of a busy week this week, but I’m excited just to get back in the car. This is quite a relaxed weekend.”

However, he still believes that there is room for improvement at Mercedes as he looks to bounce back from a retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix. The non-score caused him to drop to 22 points behind Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship, but he still feels positive ahead of this weekend’s race.

“At the moment, knowing that we have a lot of races ahead of us, it’s not concerning me too much,” Hamilton said when asked about the DNF in Montreal. “Of course, if it was later on in the season and we were where we were, we would be a little bit different.

“In one sense, it’s comforting for me to know that I feel like I’ve done my optimum up until now, but there’s still room for improvement. And as a team, also, it’s in some ways positive for us to know that we can still improve.

“If we were perfect, then it wouldn’t be fun for the rest of the year.”

Hamilton is chasing his fifth win of the season in Austria this weekend, but only his first since the Spanish Grand Prix over a month ago.

Like all but four of the drivers in Canada, Hamilton has not raced in F1 at the Red Bull Ring before, but that should matter little in his fight for the race win on Sunday afternoon.