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I’m in a happy space: Lewis

London: Lewis Hamilton is relishing a “fresh start” in the second half of the season ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix, after being on the “back foot” in his title duel with Nico Rosberg for much of the year so far.

After his win at Silverstone and Rosberg’s retirement, the gap in the drivers’ championship is now just four points. It has been as high as 29 points, more than a race win.

Hamilton has won five races to Rosberg’s three this year, but has retired twice, whereas Rosberg has failed to finish just once.

The pair have utterly dominated proceedings in 2014 and there has been little indication that their rivals will be able to catch up in the remaining 10 races. That leaves the world championship as a straight fight between the Mercedes duo.

“Winning at Silverstone was just an incredible feeling — for myself, the team and the fans, I couldn’t have asked for more. I’m in a happy space,” said Hamilton.

“I feel like I’ve been on the back foot all year, only briefly leading the Championship despite taking the wins I’ve had, so to have got myself just about level was exactly what I needed.

“It’s almost a fresh start heading into the second half of the season and it’s going to be a really close battle between us,” he said.