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Lewis Hamilton wants to build on Britain's Olympics success

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Lewis Hamilton wants to extend his recent run of Formula One victories in order to build on the successful summer of British sport.

Hamilton came into the summer break on the back of six wins from seven races which opened up a 19-point title lead. That was followed by Team GB's record haul at the Rio Olympics, where it claimed 28 gold medals, and British rider Cal Crutchlow's maiden MotoGP victory at Brno on Sunday.

Hamilton wants to carry on his nation's winning streak at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

"It's been such a proud few weeks for British sport, with the Olympics and then Cal Crutchlow becoming the first British MotoGP winner in more than 30 years," Hamilton said. "I'll do my best to keep the flag flying this weekend. A big shout-out to the British fans heading out to this one. I'm sure they'll be out in force as always!"

The Spa race comes after a four week summer break and Hamilton says he feels invigorated by the time off.

"It's crazy how quickly this year is going by. It seems like a few weeks ago we were in Barcelona for winter testing and now we're through the summer break, heading to Spa. The first half of the season was a bit of a rollercoaster, so it's great to be in the position I'm in with more than half of the races behind us.

"There will be more up and downs to come, I'm sure. But the way myself and the team have performed so far gives me huge confidence. I'm feeling refreshed, re-energised and ready to go after a fun few weeks off, so hopefully everyone else has had a good rest too and we'll come out fighting."