Lewis Hamilton is confident the spur of support will see him return to the top step of the podium in the British Grand Prix after a lacklustre weekend in Austria.

A dominant race performance by Nico Rosberg has seen the margin between the two Mercedes drivers reduced to ten points, but Hamilton is looking forward to getting back to friendly territory as he looks to secure a third career British Grand Prix win.

Indeed, having won last year's race after overturning Rosberg's pole position, Hamilton says the outpouring of support on that day has left him craving more going into this year's race.

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"I don't feel like I ever really reached my peak in Austria," he said. "It wasn't the smoothest of weekends for me - so to come away with P2 wasn't a disaster in the circumstances. Silverstone, though... that's different.

"I can't describe the feeling I had last year - lifting that trophy again in front of the sea of fans on pit straight after so many years and after a tough start to the weekend too. It's something that will always stay with me and nothing less than the same again will do.

"I'm lucky enough to have fans all around the world - but winning in front of your home crowd is something else. We have a fantastic car this year - even better than in 2014 - and it should suit this track, so I'll be going all out to make the most of it.

"The guys back at the factories deserve to see a big home result and I want to see Silverstone absolutely rocking at the chequered flag!"