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Motorsport: Hamilton looking forward to break

Lewis Hamilton will adopt a degree of self-reflection during a summer holiday in which he is also determined to have some fun.

It has been a rollercoaster year so far for Hamilton, encapsulated by the past two back-to-back races - triumphant one weekend, and a case of what might have been the next.

In Germany nine days ago, Hamilton's critics were left eating their words as he drove peerlessly to take the flag and reinvigorate his season.

Then in Hungary on Sunday, with victory again in his grasp, the 26-year-old spun his McLaren, sparking a chain of events that included a poor call on tyres and a drive-through penalty.

Instead, it was team-mate Jenson Button who grabbed the win to put the icing on the cake of his 200th grands prix, whilst Hamilton was 48 seconds down the road in fourth.

"It was a shame we didn't get a one-two, but that was really my fault. Sorry for the team we didn't," said Hamilton.

"I'm disappointed with myself, but it's holiday now and I'm going to go and have some fun.

"I'm relaxed, relieved. I'm looking forward to going away after what was a tricky race and getting my head back into gear.

"I need to have a think about what went wrong, a mistake on the track and other things, but at least the team got some good points."

Hamilton was arguably being too hard on himself as his error was simply one of those things given the conditions, rather than any case of him being aggressive.

As for the 'donut' in straightening his car, but which forced Paul di Resta off track and so led to the drive-through, again that was his natural exuberance and not anything hostile.

At least Hamilton can console himself with the fact McLaren have caught up with rivals Red Bull on the track, with the team winning three of the past five races.

"The team have done a fantastic job to get us where we are," added Hamilton, who trails championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 88 points, with Button 100 down.

"For me and Jenson to both be the most competitive at the weekend I think is a fantastic way to go into the break.

"I still feel like I let the team down a little, but we'll bounce back at the next race (in Belgium on August 28)."

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