The Mercedes driver hailed a “perfect weekend” after leading from start to finish at Silverstone to cut rival Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the driver’s championship to just one point at the halfway stage of the season.
And it was an emphatic response to the criticism Hamilton had faced for missing a midweek Formula One promotional event in London to go on a mini-break to a Greek island.
Hamilton celebrated equalling Jim Clark and Alain Prost’s record of five British Grand Prix wins by crowd surfing and high-fiving fans.
And with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finishing second, he said: “It was the perfect weekend for us as a team. We really had the legs this weekend. The fans inspired and energised me. I’m sweating – not because of the race but because of all the running around outside, crowd surfing.
Lewis Hamilton lapped up the support from the Silverstone crowd
Lewis Hamilton is now just one point behind Sebastian Vettel
I don’t think any other driver at any other circuit gets the love I get at Silverstone
“I don’t think any other driver at any other circuit gets the love I get at Silverstone. I’m so proud.
“I could never have imagined have the pole positions I have, matching the likes of Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna and having the Hamilton name among the stars.
“We’ve got more to come hopefully in the future. It’s going to be a close [title] race. It’s going to go right down to the wire. We’ve had some difficulties this season but I’m hoping for a cleaner stint of races for me and Valtteri now.
“It’s difficult to ever say it’s a turning point. Obviously the pendulum swung a little bit this weekend and that is only good for Formula One, it’s only good for the fans and super-exciting for them to see the close battle that we are continuing to have.”
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Hamilton insists he will carry on jetting off to relax between races – and will be on his travels again before the next race in Hungary in two weeks’ time.
“There is no reason to question my preparations,” he added. “I have more poles than most, and I am building up the wins. My performances are second to none. If you don’t know now that my preparation is mostly on point, than I guess you never will.
“I will be training hard next week in different locations as I always do. I will be in the UK for at least two days when I will be at the factory and then I will go to the race.”