Hamilton stays positive after Silverstone mistake

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is determined to stay positive after his mistake at Silverstone, which arguably cost him a first-place finish on Sunday.

During a pit stop, the 22-year-old accelerated away before his car had been fully refuelled, consequently having to stop suddenly and costing himself valuable seconds.

He relinquished first place to Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up winning the race, and eventually finished third behind McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton is still top of the drivers’ championship on 70 points, but Alonso has now cut the Englishman’s lead to 14 points, with Raikkonen now just two points behind the reigning champion.

Commenting after the race, the McLaren rookie said: "I wanted to be on pole – I achieved that – and I felt strongly we could have had a better result.

"This is obviously not the best result for us, but to come to your first home grand prix and still get on the podium, I have to look on the bright side. I’ve had nine podiums in a row and I’m very happy with that."

The next stop for the Formula One championship is the Nurburgring for the Grand Prix of Europe, where the field will be opened up by the absence of lap record holder and last year’s race winner Michael Schumacher.

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