No complacency from Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton will continue to ask searching questions of himself despite basking in the glory of his British Grand Prix triumph.

Lewis Hamilton knows he needs to cut out errors if he is to spray champagne at future grands prix
Lewis Hamilton knows he needs to cut out errors if he is to spray champagne at future grands prix

Sunday proved to be a day of redemption for Hamilton as he atoned for numerous mistakes of late, none worse than his error of judgement in qualifying at Silverstone the day before.

Hamilton's second success on home soil, aided by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's first retirement this season, means the gap between them has been slashed to just four points.

But if the Formula One world title he desperately craves is to be his at the end of the season, then the 29-year-old knows the mistakes that have crept into his game have to be eradicated.

"I don't take lightly at all what happened in qualifying," reflected Hamilton.

"So I really need to analyse things in these next couple of weeks and figure out how to optimise, utilise, my speed and the opportunities.

"People talked about me giving up. First of all, never in a race have I given up, and it doesn't feel like giving up to me.

"It was just the lap didn't feel good, I wanted to save the tyres and I really didn't believe I would go faster. It was silly to think that and I'll learn from it.

"Next time it doesn't matter whether it's raining or whatever, I'll make sure I push to the end.

"I've been racing long enough to know that, but sometimes you make mistakes you knew the solution to."

Three-times champion Niki Lauda is convinced Hamilton has learned painful and invaluable lessons of late, and sees no reason why they should be repeated in future.

"He made mistakes in qualifying in Austria, he made a mistake at Silverstone, and now I'm sure he won't make any more," said Lauda, Mercedes non-executive chairman.

"I spoke to Lewis immediately after (qualifying) and asked him 'what's wrong?' and he said 'my mistake'. So fine.

"There is no need to discuss anything further with a driver if he realises what the problem is.

"I told him to forget it, to think of the race, and that's exactly what he did, and he was unbelievable in many respects.

"To win at Silverstone and being British, you can't achieve more, and to close the gap to four points on Nico, he could not have asked for a better result.

"For me the most important thing is the victory gives him a really good push with regard to (appreciating) his qualities, what he can achieve, what he can do, so there will be no ups and downs with him any more."

Such a rollercoaster ride has been a feature of Hamilton's career for most seasons, and it is unlikely to stop this campaign as the battle for the title ebbs and flows between himself and Rosberg.

Lauda sees no reason why it should be a focus of attention, adding: "Everybody has them.

"Look at (Sebastian) Vettel. He is a four-times world champion who has moaned and bitched this season.

"If there is any guy who has had lows then it's been Vettel, and he is a German who should be more stable, let's put it this way.

"So these things happen. We're looking too much into these highs and lows of Lewis.

"From the beginning of the season he has been on a very good, stable level, but then Nico improved.

"After Monaco, Nico had everything going for him, and Lewis dropped back one millimetre, but now Lewis is back on track.

"I tell you the next couple of races (in Germany and Hungary ahead of the summer break) are going to be interesting. Everything is reset.

"It is now as it was before Lewis had his second stop (retirement) in Canada and this gap happened.

"Now they will fight to the end like you would not believe to be world champion."