Date: 5th September 2017 at 6:03pm
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Lewis Hamilton is leading the Formula One World Championship for the first time in a calendar year.

The last time Hamilton had a points advantage over his rival was heading into the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix where he held the lead over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Following the Singapore Grand Prix however he trailed his team-mate and never overturned the deficit.

Hamilton will be hoping the same doesn’t happen in 2017, where Mercedes have been chasing Ferrari all season.

Back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy, the first of anyone this season has given Hamilton a three point lead over Sebastian Vettel going into the next race.

‘It’s an empowering feeling, it’s been a real constant search and battle for perfection to overhaul Ferrari. Hamilton told Sky Sports.

‘These last two races have been very solid. I feel more heart and passion within myself, l have found more in myself in the last three or four races.

‘Silverstone was an empowering weekend and sparked a forest fire within me and hopefully that reflects in the way l am driving.’