Lauda: Silverstone perfectly timed for Hamilton

Niki Lauda reckons Lewis Hamilton will come out fighting at the British Grand Prix next week and that the home fans will help lift his confidence.

Hamilton heads to Silverstone 29-points behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as they vie for the 2014 Formula 1 Drivers’ title and he badly needs a win now to kick-start his championship bid.

“I’ve told him to go to Silverstone and don’t worry. I have no doubt he will fight back there,” Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Lauda told The Scotsman. “It’s his home grand prix, and with the crowd behind him that will lift his confidence. It’s a race that comes at the perfect time for him.

“Unfortunately it is now a big gap [to Rosberg], no question, because Lewis’ previous race in Montreal was a disaster for him [after he had to retire]. But he will keep on fighting, don’t worry. He will now be even more motivated going to Silverstone after this result and with the points’ difference.

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