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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton conceded that his team has given up more points than Ferrari this season – a trait that he believes needs to stop after the summer break if they are to have any chance of winning the championship.

Hamilton has blown hot and cold in the campaign, with his performance at Silverstone touted by many as a defining moment, only for him to again deliver below par in the next race.

While both Ferrari cars recently suffered sudden tyre problems to throw away some valuable points, those incidents have been few and far between compared to their title rivals.

“We’ve given up a lot of points to this point today,” Hamilton said. “I think Ferrari have given up a lot less as a team. But we just hope that we don’t give up any more points moving forwards.”

Hamilton was happy with the timing of the summer break, saying that it would help Mercedes regroup in what has been a draining season so far.

“I definitely think it’s come at a good time,” he added.

“I would say it’s definitely been very tough, physically, mentally and emotionally for everyone in the team, but I can only really speak on my behalf. It’s definitely been a difficult season up to now.

“This break, I think, will be very good for everyone to spend some time with family and whatever they do – recharge and come back hopefully fresh.

“I truly believe that we have the capability of winning this championship, but it’s going to take absolutely 100 percent of everyone’s effort to pull it off.

“I can just encourage my team to come back strong and I’ll try to come back even stronger.”

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