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F1 driver Hamilton thanks fans, flag power as title looms
"I feel very privileged to be at the top of the British winners," he said. "I did my homework for this race last night. I felt confident I could win and I had great energy from the British fans with all the flags here today. The fans were great and I never had any doubt I could win." His triumph meant he also became the first Briton since Mansell, in 1992, to win five races in a row. Hamilton, the 2008 champion, now has 316 points to Rosberg's 292 following the Englishman's dominant success, earned by clever tyre preservation and well-judged speed, with two races remaining, including the final race in Abu Dhabi where double points are scored. The result left the two Mercedes men as the only drivers now capable of winning the title contest which will go down to the wire in Abu Dhabi on November 23, no matter the result in Brazil next weekend. Hamilton also became the first Briton to win 10 races in a season, a feat achieved by two Germans Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. "Many congratulations - five wins on the trot and 32 wins altogether." "What is clear is that I still have a chance and so I go to Brazil and keep pushing, flat out, try to be on pole and win and that is it. There are many points to be won and a lot can still happen."

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