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BRITISH racer, Lewis Hamilton has called on his Mercedes team to up its game, saying he can’t create miracles every weekend now that Ferrari has the faster car.

Hamilton still leads the drivers’ championship by 17 points thanks to two wins against the odds before F1’s summer break. In Germany, he took a remarkable win in the wet from the back of the grid after Vettel crashed out of the lead in the rain and in Hungary a wet qualifying session saw him take pole position on a track where Ferrari was clearly faster in the dry. With very few overtaking opportunities at the Hungaroring, Hamilton went on to take his second victory in a row.

“That’s how my life’s always been — I started with a really old go-kart and I used to beat people with much better equipment,” he said. “My dad used to call it a four-poster bed, he said I could drive anything. So naturally I feel I can eke a bit more out of it, and I have been in recent races, and beat a faster car.

“But there is only a certain amount I can do – I can’t always create miracles. There are going to be times like today where it doesn’t work. But there are still eight races to go and a lot of positives to take into those races, we have just got to keep working on the car and the tyres and optimise that. We can still beat them at races, I just don’t know which ones it is going to be.”

With the next two races coming at the high-speed Monza and Mercedes’ bogey track Singapore, Hamilton said the title battle is only going to become more difficult as the season progresses.

“We have to improve our performance so we can maximise on days like today in the dry conditions. These races coming up, I imagine it is going to be hot next week, hot in Singapore — the rain there is always welcome — and then I don’t know where we have got after that. This is definitely the hardest season and it will continue to get harder and harder throughout.”

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