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The Brit set Silverstone, the F1’s next stop, as the target for when he hopes to start competing with Red Bull and Ferrari at the top of the grid – and the 37-year-old admitted that his race in Canada has given him momentum going into the race on his home soil.

“The women and men back at the factory are working so hard week in, week out and it’s so difficult for us all to be working and not always seeing progress,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “It’s been such a difficult year for me personally. Qualifying was emotional for me and back in the garage we were like: ‘Wow, this is beautiful for us’. Then to have a strong race just gives me so much hope and confidence going forward.

“There is potential in this car, but it’s got a really small working window and if you don’t get it perfect it’s all over the place and that’s a really hard thing to navigate through, but the team did a great job this weekend.”

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