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Hamilton Shuns Early Title Talks

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says it is too early to talks about the title despite opening up a 24 point gap to Sebastian Vettel.

Despite being slower than the Ferraris in practice, the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took advantage of a rainy qualifying session on Saturday to lock out the front row of the grid at the Hungaroring, on a track which is notably difficult to overtake.

Hamilton drove a masterful race on Sunday to finish ahead of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen as the F1 calendar is now put on hold for four weeks as they enter the annual summer break.

However, the 33-year-old is not currently thinking about lifting his fourth title in five seasons, despite gaining momentum in recent races, and traditionally being at his best in the latter part of the season.

“Absolutely not, and it is far too early to think about that when you consider the ups and downs we have had this year,” Hamilton said when asked if he was closing in on the title.

“I don’t believe there is ever a time when you think you have got your hand on the championship. We still have a long way to go.”

“A lot can happen moving forward, but what is important is that we continue to keep the pressure on, and work as we have done until now.”

Despite Hamilton’s obvious cautiousness on title talks, he admits that he is thrilled with how results have gone in the last two races, after being eight points adrift following the British Grand Prix.

“We could have only dreamt to be in the position that we are in now,” Hamilton added.

“I am really, really happy to be going into the break with back-to-back wins, and that boost will last a long time for our team, and that is encouraging for everyone.”

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