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F1: Lewis eyes record result at Spa

Aug 262017

Lewis Hamilton will get the opportunity to score an impressive landmark at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix as he competes in his 200th F1 race.

The Silver Arrows ace made his debut at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix and has since then won the drivers' championship three times, scored 57 individual race victories and stood on the podium an impressive 110 times.

Despite not normally being one for statistics, the 32 year old racer acknowledges this 200th GP is a special occasion, as he looks to resume his championship battle with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Lewis said: "It is crazy to think that I am reaching that milestone. I still feel young at heart but I have been in Formula One a long time and I am very privileged. I remember my first Grand Prix and even before that and now I am at 200! I am grateful for what I have. I think we all set out in life to achieve much more. We set the bar so high but this sport is a massive challenge and what I have done is satisfying.”

"Of course you could say I wish this race was a little bit better but you can't live like that. You have ups and downs and they have enabled me to be in this position today and the man I am today. That's God's plan and I am happy with that."

Lewis added: "Every day I wake up and the goal is to win the championship and stay in the lead. Coming into the second half of the season, reliability is something everyone is working hard on making sure that it does not come into play for us and I am working on my consistency.

 

"It is clear that on some tracks our car works better and on others their works better but everyone is working on making our car better. I am not thinking about what if can happen. I cannot control that. All I can do is hope for the best and maximise things. I just know that we are the best equipped to deal with that. Myself, mentally and physically, and in the team we have shown just how unified we are and how we can all work together and hopefully the results will come through."

Valtteri said: "For me there is no news yet, and we will tell you the news when there is some. It doesn't make any big difference. I'm coming into this weekend not thinking about it.

 

"Like I've said before I'm used to these situations already in the last few years, always the same thing that there is no confirmation about next year so now that we start the race weekend with a practice tomorrow it's not going to be in my mind."

 

Stay tuned, as the 73rd running of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps goes live at 2pm CET on Sunday 27th August.

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