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Lewis Hamilton proud after British Grand Prix record

From BBC - July 16, 2017

Lewis Hamilton said he was "proud" to have joined Alain Prost and Jim Clark as the record holder for most British Grand Prix wins.

The Mercedes driver's victory at Silverstone on Sunday was his fifth - and it moved him to within one point of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the championship.

"It has taken me a long time to get there but I am so proud to be up there with the greats," Hamilton said.

"Still a long, long way to go, so new heights hopefully will be set."

Hamilton was cheered throughout a dominant performance on Sunday as he took his fourth victory of the year and he crowd-surfed and high-fived the fans after coming off the podium before making an appearance on stage at the fan zone after completing his engineers debrief and media commitments.

"It is almost impossible to describe how amazing it is the reception from the crowd," he said.

"It spurs me on and pushes me and that love really inspired me this weekend. Anyone who was here or at home supporting me, I want them to know how grateful I am."

Hamilton was criticised in some sections of the media for missing an F1 promotional event in London on Wednesday that was attended by all 19 other drivers. He preferred to spend some days in Greece relaxing to get himself in the right mindset before coming to Silverstone.

"There is no reason to question my preparations," he said. "I have more poles than most. I am building up the wins that I have. My performance is second to none.

"If you do not know now that my preparation is mostly on point, than I guess you never will."

He added: "I did something I felt was right for me and I performed the best I have all year, in terms of the championship."

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