Home com­forts to get Hamil­ton back on track

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BRI­TISH GRAND PRIX Sun­day, 2pm, Sky/Chan­nel 4

LEWIS Hamil­ton is aim­ing to be the most suc­cess­ful driver in Bri­tish Grand Prix his­tory at Sil­ver­stone on Sun­day.

He could edge ahead of two bona fide leg­ends in Brit Jim Clark and Alain Prost if he can land a sixth win.

It would be no less than five in a row for Hamil­ton who had a week­end to for­get in Aus­tria. There’s lit­tle doubt that there’s a black cloud over the Mercedes team de­spite the clear skies at the Northamp­ton­shire cir­cuit.

It was the first time in al­most two years that both of the team’s cars failed to fin­ish a race at the Red Bull Ring last time out.

There’s civil war be­hind the scenes with chief strate­gist James Vowles cop­ping the blame for er­rors with Hamil­ton’s strat­egy in Aus­tria. He should have gone into the pits when the vir­tual safety car was in op­er­a­tion. He was the only lead­ing con­tender to win the race who didn’t come in.

That cost him eight sec­onds against his ri­vals as well as any chance of win­ning the race.

Boss Toto Wolff has had to step in and rally the troops as they head for Hamil­ton’s most im­por­tant race of the year.

The fact is that the Brit could and should have won in Aus­tria and there will surely be no mess­ing about with the tac­tics at Sil­ver­stone.

His record in front of his own fans makes him a de­served favourite and his ti­tle ri­val Se­bas­tian Vet­tel will be happy with a podium fin­ish — which he should get.

But it’s hard to look be­yond Hamil­ton and these off-track dra­mas have a habit of be­ing fol­lowed by a morale-boost­ing win.

That’s what should hap­pen this week­end — sorry not to be more imag­i­na­tive!

Sil­ver ser­vice: Hamil­ton

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