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Lewis Hamilton prefers Greek holiday to event at home

14 Juillet 2017

"Of course, people are going to have opinions about it but I'm trying to prepare the best way I can for the battle ahead of me and other people will have different ways of doing so".

Interestingly, Hamilton said he informed the organisers and Mercedes of his decision not to attend the London event before the Austrian Grand Prix, suggesting that last weekend's disappointing outcome had no impact on his plans.

Hamilton is 20 points behind Vettel. If Hamilton does it again this weekend, he will join compatriot Jim Clark, along with Alain Prost, atop the all-time British Grand Prix winners table. You will also see drivers - both current and retired - coming in and out of the BRDC campsite that is on the roundabout to the rear of the stage. He's generally had a better season so far. "I didn't do donuts - just controlled slides", said a sheepish Ricciardo. The Dutch fans were out in force, filling the camp sites and the Max Verstappen grandstands, and it makes for a really good atmosphere.

Daniel Ricciardo - "Obviously the spotlight is on Lewis because he was the only of us who wasn't there". I think I do try to connect with the fans.

"It's 12 points won, rather than lost".

"But the bigger that gap gets, the more pressure builds".

"It's still early days in the championship, and more than 50% to go, so a massive amount of points to get".

To make matters worse for Hamilton, Vettel was roundly cheered by the crowds in London on Wednesday. Every season for the last ten years it's been incredible and growing every year. He unashamedly lives a jet-set lifestyle, one most young men can only fantasise about, which just seems to antagonise his detractors.

Yet, Liberty will not want to lose the longest-serving grand prix on the calendar during the formative months of their reign.

Bottas ended the hour's action in the garage alongside Hamilton as Mercedes reacted to their problems by undertaking a careful examination of the machinery.

Mercedes have been on pole in 63 of the last 68 races. Bottas said on Sunday night. He's generally had a better season I would say so far. Vettel and Raikkonen got closer than they had on the softs, around 4 tenths down, but Lewis had to back out of his lap after making an error in Becketts and running over the grass before the Hanger Straight. That's how it goes.

"I don't see it as a fight or anything. So that is good to know".

Bottas has, for some people, punched above his weight, but Hamilton does not see it that way.

Vettel is now leading the drivers' championship standing, with victories in China, Spain and Canada.

But all the other 19 - including world championship rival Sebastian Vettel - showed up, clearly recognising the importance of engaging with fans and promoting the sport. But if Bottas continues to deliver at his current level - let alone improve - he could make it almost impossible for Mercedes to justify prioritizing Hamilton over him.

However, the real business of Formula One started today, 80 miles north of London at the traditional home of the sport.

Lewis Hamilton prefers Greek holiday to event at home