Hamilton sees Germany as 'fresh start'
15 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says he is viewing the German Grand Prix as a "fresh start" to his championship challenge.
The Mercedes driver slashed team-mate Nico Rosberg's advantage from 29 points to four by claiming victory at Silverstone last time out, benefitting from the German's terminal gearbox issue after two retirements of his own.
And with this weekend's race marking the season's midway point, Hamilton has his sights set on a smoother run.
"I feel like I've been on the back foot all year, only briefly leading the championship despite taking the wins I've had, so to have got myself just about level was exactly what I needed," explained the 2008 Hockenheim winner.
"It's almost a fresh start heading into the second half of the season and it's going to be a really close battle."
Hamilton added that he has taken plenty of encouragement from his and the team's performance in Britain.
"There were lots of positives to take from Silverstone," he said. "Knowing I'm going into the next race with the best car, having shown that I've got good pace, and that if I do a good job I can be ahead is a good place to be."