Hamilton riding high with strong mental attitude after Silverstone win

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Lewis Hamilton continues to ride the crest of a wave after winning his home grand prix at Silverstone eight days ago as he prepares for this weekend’s Formula 1 race in Hungary.

Hamilton has cut the gap to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship down from 43 points five races ago to just one after his British Grand Prix win.

“It’s a wonderful feeling, winning in front of your home crowd. I’m still buzzing from it now and looking forward to carrying those positive vibes into the next race weekend,” Hamilton said.

“Ever since the low of Barcelona I’ve been able to cultivate this really strong mental attitude and I’m really feeling that fire inside me right now.

“Of course, I have good days and bad days like everyone else. But whatever the case, I’m able to turn negatives into positives when it counts.”

Hamilton’s record in Hungary is matched only by Michael Schumacher, both drivers having won at the Hungaroring on four occasions.

As such, the Briton heads to Budapest confident of another big result and knowing that victory will give him the championship lead for the first time in 2016.

“I’m feeling fresh, feeling powerful and feeling confident heading to Hungary,” Hamilton said.

“It’s a track that for some reason has always suited my style and I have incredible support there, so I can’t wait to get to out on track.

“The past couple of years I haven’t had the smoothest weekends in Budapest, of course. But I know I’ve got the pace, so I’m gunning to turn that around this time.”

The Hungaroring is the only track on the 21-race calendar in 2016 that Mercedes has failed to win at in the hybrid era (since 2014), the previous two races being won by Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo for Ferrari and Red Bull respectively.