Hamilton: One race win people get excited, one bad race and negative things are said 22 August, 2013 Lewis Hamilton at Spa A buoyant Lewis Hamilton played down all suggestions that he has emerged as a Formula 1 World Championship challenger on Thursday. The 28-year-old Briton, who claimed his first win for Mercedes in last month’s Hungarian Grand Prix, said he did not feel that he was the main rival to defending triple champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull. But he did admit he that felt a huge sense of motivation after a run of strong performances ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, the first since F1 took a European summer break. “It’s the same every year – you have one race win and people then get excited. If you have a bad race, negative things are said. Lewis Hamilton with fans in Belgium “I’m not focused on what is being said. I’m just here to do my job and continue driving how I have been.” Hamilton is 48 points behind Vettel in the drivers’ title battle. “I’ve been training hard in the break – which is different to the last six years, when I’ve taken it as a real holiday and only trained two or three times a week, not six days,” added Hamilton. “I’ve been trying to get myself centred and I come here today feeling more motivated than ever. It’s a great feeling to know that we’ve got a car that we can compete with. “There’s a long way to go but generally my second halves of seasons have been more positives, so hopefully that is the case this year.” (Reuters) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsCase closed on Rosberg and Hamilton incident say FIAHamilton: I don’t really know how to approach the next raceButton calls for cleaner F1 title battle fightRosberg: My view of the events are very different to Lewis’Mercedes: Maybe the slap on the wrist is not enoughHamilton: Rosberg said he did it on purpose to prove a pointMercedes: We saw our worst case scenario unfoldMercedes: Nico hit Lewis, completely unacceptableRosberg: Fans that were booing me were BritishHamilton: I am sure Nico will leave here happy A41202813GMAIL Come On, LEWIS, One More Win, This SUNDAY. Go, HAMILTON ! MG5W That face is looking pretty happy and relaxed. Lets win another one Lewis. Woop Woop!