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Hamilton needs to step up in his 200th race

Hamilton needs to step up in his 200th race

"I've had the privilege of racing with him and always admired him and still do", he said. I want to achieve a lot with Ferrari and think it's the same on the other side.

Victory here was Hamilton's third in Spa, completing a great weekend during which he equalled Michael Schumacher's record of 68 poles.

Hamilton is contracted to Mercedes until the end of 2018.

Three-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton came out with yet another tremendous performance as he won the Belgian Grand Prix here at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday. He was pleased with his first season with the team in a relatively competitive auto when he won three races and finished third in the world championship.

Ferrari announced on Saturday that Sebastian Vettel had committed through to 2020 in a longer-than-expected new deal, while Kimi Raikkonen's new contract is only for next year at present.

The three-time F1 champion was already ahead when he went even faster with a final lap for Mercedes, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel limited the damage with a fine lap to join Hamilton on the front row.




"Restart, that time maybe I wasn't entirely happy".

"If you are not in those two teams it is very hard".

Speaking before the qualifying action, Niki Lauda, the team's non-executive chairman, told Sky Sports that Mercedes had been in conversation with Vettel, only for the German to call off the discussions following Ferrari's resurgence this term.

"As they said, Michael always said that records are there to be broken, so they want to send their very special thanks". He trails Vettel (202 points) by 14 points in the world championship and will be looking to narrow the gap today with nine races remaining. Now I want to convert it into a win in the race. My commitment to the team - you would think after 200 races that your passion or desire to win might fade but it's stronger than ever.

Spa can often be a lottery, with its capricious weather, and rain could be a boon for Red Bull's Belgian-born Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who can count on plenty of local support in what amounts to a home race.

"Ferrari have been the most consistent this year and that's why they are leading", Hamilton added.

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