Lewis Hamilton lauded his 'amazing week' after coming away with a second Formula 1 win in seven days at Indianapolis, the Brit staying cool under the intense pressure of his McLaren team-mate - and fiercest rival - Fernando Alonso throughout.

Much has been made of the atmosphere between Hamilton and Alonso since Hamilton's win in Montreal a week ago, but while safety cars, penalties and accidents played a part in that victory, this less eventful victory was nonetheless completed under the watchful eye of the Spaniard from lights to flag.

A victory that puts him ten points up on Alonso in the championship standings, Hamilton was barely able to contain his excitement at reinforcing his maiden win in Canada with a back-to-back triumph just a week later in arguably more pressurising - and significant - circumstances.

"It just keeps getting better and better - what an amazing week this has been. I can't believe that I have won and am so incredibly grateful to the team who have worked to hard to continue the development which has seen us taking one-two here today. Everything went right; start, pit stops, strategy and I'm really happy.

Indeed, Hamilton admits he felt the heat from Alonso, particularly in the second stint of the race when the reigning champion managed to gain an advantage from the gaggle of back markers to pull alongside down the straight at one point.

Hamilton defended his position though and with Alonso seemingly settling for second place as a result, he would simply coast round to cross the famous bricks and claim victory.

"I was under pressure all the way from Fernando and we were both pushing as hard as possible. I made a good start to maintain the advantage but Fernando was right there. In the second stint Fernando managed to get really close when my tyres were graining, and he had a go at the end of the straight, but I was able to keep him behind. It's been a long and hot day, but I have really enjoyed myself and the support from the fans."

 

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