Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton says he is feeling refreshed and ready for the resumption of the 2019 season, while he is taking nothing for granted in the Drivers’ Championship race.
The five-time world champion will head into the second-half of the campaign boasting a 62-point lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the standings after winning eight of the 12 races before the summer break.
Hamilton has taken the opportunity to recharge his batteries over the summer, but he insists he has not been resting on his laurels. “I didn’t go into it thinking ‘okay, I’ve got this gap, I can enjoy it more’,” the Brit was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “I was going to have a good time whatever the case and make sure I come back focused.”
The 2019 season will resume with the Belgian Grand Prix and Hamilton knows, despite his healthy lead at the top of the standings, there are still plenty of twists and turns to come in the championship race, starting potentially at Spa this weekend.
“It doesn’t make any difference: I know how much work I’ve still got to do,” insisted Hamilton. “If I don’t turn up this weekend or the following ones, if I don’t deliver in these next races and make mistakes, I could easily lose the championship.
“There are points available to turn the tables so I just stay focused as I have been in the past.” Hamilton has won the Belgian GP three times in the past, most recently in 2017, and he is priced at 2.40 to take the chequered flag on Sunday.