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Hamilton 'invigorated' by Mercedes move

ESPN Staff
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Lewis Hamilton won his first race for Mercedes in Hungary © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton says he feels "invigorated" during his first season with Mercedes following his move from McLaren.

After an encouraging start to the season Hamilton finally secured his first victory for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of the mid-season break. Although Mercedes is more competitive than McLaren this season, Hamilton said one of the biggest differences he's noticed about the move is the effect it's had on him personally.

"I can honestly say I feel just so invigorated," Hamilton told Al Jazeera. "It's so refreshing to be somewhere new."

Hamilton is an outsider in the title race as he currently sits 48 points behind Sebastian Vettel but he says his main motivation remains to win the drivers' championship for a second time.

"I hope there's a world championship somewhere ahead. That's what I'm working for every year, that's why I keep that discipline, that's why I train so much over the winter, that's why I wake up every day and train. That's why I put so much effort into travelling and that's why you sacrifice so many small things, certain things in your life, and so you know I hope at some stage I get that second world championship."