Hamilton determined to dominate home race

Wed Jul 1, 2015 7:21am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton may not be feeling the years just yet but the double Formula One world champion still senses time is ticking by as he gears up for the ninth British Grand Prix of his career.

The Mercedes driver is determined to dominate at Silverstone on Sunday, where a record crowd of 140,000 will be roaring him on, because every chance to celebrate with the home fans is increasingly precious.

"I am noticing the years go by," said the 30-year-old championship leader, who has twice won at the circuit after a stunning debut season in 2007 and is chasing a triple that would put him alongside the likes of Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell.

"The race is gone and it is another year. I might have seven chances at the Silverstone grand prix left, it seems like a lot but it isn’t.

"They are very precious opportunities, each and every single one of them. So when you lose out on one, the feeling to come back and do it again the following year is even greater."

Hamilton won last year's race, his first triumph at Silverstone since his 2008 title-winning season with McLaren, but team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg took pole position.

"It wasn’t a perfect weekend. So I don’t know whether I have had a weekend where I have really dominated it," Hamilton continued.

"And I think this year that has really been the target, dominating weekends and really conquering the circuit, through practice, qualifying and the race."   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts while up on the podium after the Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger