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Hamilton keen to avoid burnout

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton believes he has to fulfil too many commitments © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton says he is looking forward to a break before the German Grand Prix after a hectic schedule in the run up to Silverstone.

With both McLaren drivers driving in their home grand prix and Hamilton extremely marketable, his workload was high between the European and British races. Hamilton said before the weekend that he would look to negotiate fewer commitments in his next contract, having only had "a day or two off" due to sponsor requirements.

"When I re-sign the contract with McLaren they are going to be shocked at how many days they are not going to be able to make me do," Hamilton told Sporting Life. "I will be doing a lot less work. I definitely won't be doing the whole period of time before the Silverstone grand prix, that's for sure. I will have at least five days to prepare in the future. I have just come from the last race and I have had a day or two off.

"I am certain if you look down the paddock there won't be many other drivers that have done what I have been doing over the last two weeks. But what's important is that the sponsors are happy."

After finishing fourth in the British Grand Prix, Hamilton said he had told the team that he needed a few days off in order to prepare fully for the Nurburging in two weeks' time.

"I was supposed to be working today and tomorrow, but I said 'no way' because I've been in England for the last week or so and it has been quite busy here," Hamilton said. "I was also supposed to be flying in and out of India for a day on Wednesday, fortunately, for some reason, it has got cancelled. So that's good. I get to be in one place for a period of time and I can do some training (and) get my mind clear for the next race."