Hamilton now entertaining thoughts of fighting for F1 title

Lewis Hamilton admits he has begun to entertain thoughts of fighting for a second Formula 1 world championship following his breakthrough Hungarian GP triumph

Hamilton now entertaining thoughts of fighting for F1 title

Though he started the year insistent that he would not be a 2013 frontrunner, Hamilton admitted the nature of his victory - scored in conditions that have typically punished Mercedes' tyre struggles - have left him optimistic more success could follow this year.

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As a result, the 28-year-old admits it is becoming increasingly hard to resist the idea that he could challenge for this year's crown.

Asked whether the championship was now a realistic consideration, Hamilton said: "Of course, it's definitely in the back of my mind.

"When I signed I didn't think I would win a race this season. [Now] we've had the hottest race of the whole year and we had a performance like we did.

"It definitely gives me confidence for the next nine races [that] we can continue moving forward and have some more good opportunities to win, especially when we go to Spa where it's cooler [which] might be better for us."

Hamilton hopes his win will also give the team an extra lift heading into F1's summer break, and said he will re-double his own efforts over the coming weeks in order to capitalise on his and Mercedes' momentum.

"There is no better feeling for a team to go into a break than to win," Hamilton said.

"I was lucky enough to do it with McLaren. It was always a real good boost for them to go into that period of time relaxed, knowing we'd had a win.

"I feel it will do the same for this team, [as it is] the first time they have had that feeling going into a break. It's a big boost for us.

"Maybe we have a better chance of moving forward these next few races.

"It definitely picks you up - for the next few days it will keep me right on a high.

"Normally I don't really train much over the summer break, but this time I'm going to train intensely and hopefully come back stronger for the second half of the season."

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