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Published: 13:29 | 6/6/16

Hamilton ready to fight for F1 title

World champ believes he's 'back to his best'

Lewis Hamilton has claimed his win in Monaco has proved he is back to his best after a disappointing start to the F1 season.

The reigning world champion cut team-mate Nico Rosberg's lead at the top of the drivers' standings to just 24 points after Daniel Ricciardo's slow pitstop allowed him to pinch first place on a wet Monte Carlo track.

The Mercedes driver enjoyed a slow start to the campaign with Rosberg opening up a large advantage after a streak of victories.

However, Hamilton feels that his win last week has catapulted him back into the world title reckoning and ahead of this week's Canadian Grand Prix, he thinks he is back to his very best.

"I still can't quite believe I've got my 44th Formula 1 win," he said. "It's taken so much hard work from so many people throughout my career to reach this point - way too many to name - and it's a very special landmark for me and my family.

"I have to say how grateful I am to my mechanics for sticking at it and sticking with me after what's not been an easy start this year. It felt great to be back on the top step after a tough run and hopefully it was a big confidence boost for them too, because they've been doing a great job all season.

"I've proven that I'm just as strong as I've ever been and I will be for the rest of the year, so I'm looking forward to the next chapter.

"Montreal has always been a good track for me, so hopefully I'm able to shine like I did the first time I went there in that great city atmosphere."

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