Despite dominating at Silverstone from start to finish, Lewis Hamilton has cautioned against calling it a turning point in the season and predicted that the title battle with Ferrari will go “right down to the wire”.
Hamilton reduced Sebastian Vettel’s champions lead to just one point with half of the season complete. Vettel has been leading since the start of the season but Mercedes have now won three of the last four races and they are pulling away from Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ Hamilton said, “The pendulum is constantly swinging. This weekend was great for us as a team. It’s great points for us in the Constructors’ Championship and going to Budapest which is the most successful race for me, apart from Montreal I think, that’s a good thing.”
Hamilton qualified on pole by half a second and during the race at times he lapped one second faster than the lead Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Nonetheless, Hamilton is expecting a fight back from Ferrari, “I think it’s difficult to ever say it’s a turning point. I think ultimately there’s constantly turns. Obviously the pendulum swung a little bit this weekend and I think that’s only good for Formula 1, it’s only good for the fans, probably super-exciting for them to see the close battle that we’re continuing to have.”
Hamilton has now won at Silverstone four times in a row and his first followed former teammate Nico Rosberg’s 2013 success which means that Mercedes has become the first team to win the British GP five years in succession.
Next week they will head to Budapest where Hamilton won last year and Vettel won the year before. The only thing that seems certain is that fans can expect an exciting finish before the break.