Hamilton humbled after perfect weekend

10 May 2021 21:11:06 GMTPlus10

Lewis Hamilton says he feels humbled by praise from 1996 world champion Damon Hill but he knows he has to be at his best to retain his drivers title this season.

Hill described Hamilton as "one of the most talented people to ever walk the earth" and "a phenomenon" after the Mercedes driver claimed the 100th pole position of his career at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.

And Hamilton lived up to that billing a day later, coming out on top in a thrilling battle against Red Bull's Max Verstappen to take a 14-point lead in the title race.

The seven-time champion has won three of the first four races of the season as he bids for an unprecedented eighth title but Verstappen, who triumphed at last month's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, looks a major threat to Mercedes' dominance this year.

The next race of the campaign is the Monaco Grand Prix on 23rd May, an event that Hamilton won in 2008, 2016 and 2019.

Asked about Hill's comments on his achievements, the Mercedes ace told reporters: "I saw that and I felt so much gratitude to Damon. It's definitely humbling when you see people you've admired, you've watched and grown up taking inspiration from - having them say respectful things and positive things like that.

"This is a period of time where I have to be at my best, weekend in, weekend out. Max is driving exceptionally well, as is Valtteri (Bottas). It's so close between all of us."

Hamilton is 1.72 to win the Formula One drivers championship this season. Verstappen is 2.00 for the title.

Hamilton is 9.00 to triumph in the Monaco Grand Prix.

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