F1: Lewis Hamilton wants to follow Harry Kane by netting hat-trick in triple-header

LEWIS HAMILTON is looking to copy Harry Kane by scoring a hat-trick in F1's first triple-header.

The Brit kicked off a hectic three weeks with a commanding performance in the French Grand Prix last weekend by cruising to victory.

 Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on netting a hat-trick of F1 wins

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Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on netting a hat-trick of F1 wins

The win moved him 14 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel but also gave him a timely shot in the arm of confidence before this weekend's Austrian GP and the British GP the following week.

Powered by Mercedes' latest spec engine, he was unstoppable in France and now heads to two tracks where he has either performed well at in the past or is the defending champ.

Hamilton, who geared up for his win in France thanks to the Three Lions' win over Panama, said: "Austria should be a fairly decent track.

"It's been a decent track for us in the past, so I don't see why it should be any different now. I think the car should be good there.


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"I think the Red Bulls have been particularly quick there in the past because it's quite a good downforce circuit, so it'll be interesting.

"As you're seeing, the cars, it's great that we are close in qualifying, but positioning is everything really in qualifying, and you can't overtake.

"At that track, even though you've got those long straights, it is very, very difficult to overtake, so it's going to be about who qualifies where at that track."

Hamilton's return to form comes as his nearest rival, Vettel, suffered yet another mistake as he clattered in the Valtteri Bottas at the first turn on lap one in France.

There was no hiding for Vettel as his took the full blame for ruining not only his, but also Bottas's race.

 Hamilton celebrates winning the French Grand Prix on Sunday

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Hamilton celebrates winning the French Grand Prix on Sunday
 Hamilton 14 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel

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Hamilton 14 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel

But while Merc chairman Niki Lauda was critical of the soft sentence dished out by the stewards – a five second penalty to Vettel – Hamilton defended the German.

He added: "I don't feel that Sebastian has particularly made more mistakes. We're all on the edge, we're fighting for the world championship.

"We're not pootling around, we're out there putting our lives on the line, we're out there putting the cars as far beyond the edge as we can in the safest manner.

"It's not like a train track, you don't just stay on the rails. Sometimes you can go off. We're only human."

Meanwhile, the debrief into McLaren's slump to the back of the grid will continue amid fears the team are going backwards.

Bosses played down talk of a staff revolt at their Woking HQ but are desperate for a morale-boosting result in Austria.

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LEWIS HAMILTON is looking to copy Harry Kane by scoring a hat-trick in F1's first triple-header.