Hamilton hails "very, very tough" race win

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Britain's Lewis Hamilton regained the lead of the Formula One world championship with a top-notch drive in today's Belgian Grand Prix. The McLaren driver led from the first corner until the end of the race, even through the various pitstop phases, to record his third win of the year and his first since the Canadian Grand Prix in mid-June. The win also puts him back ahead of Webber in the title fight by three point, with six rounds of the calendar remaining.

"It was a great weekend. Very, very tough race for me. I think same for everyone but praying just for a race that went smoothly," Hamilton said after winning. "But with the tricky conditions when it started to rain, losing temperature in the tyres and not really knowing how much you can push in each corner. I braked quite late and locked my wheel and went wide at turn eight and jeez, the Lord definitely had his hand over me there as I was able to get away with it.

"Then stayed ahead of the guys here. The team did a remarkable job this weekend. We are constantly pushing and some places we are not as fast as these guys but it is great that when we are close we maximize, so very proud of the job they did this weekend and I am so happy to be up here."

Hamilton celebrated ecstatically on the podium after winning, and said he was very grateful to be in the position he was. "I am so happy. I am so grateful to be in this position. When you have a weekend and a race like that as Mark said it can be a lottery, to come out on top even though you are faced with so many difficult situations and one of which I was very, very blessed and fortunate to get away with," he continued. "I am just so grateful to be here and I am really happy. Absolutely ecstatic, so good, good."