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'Lewis Hamilton has the momentum but he is not unstoppable'

It was a weekend of landmarks for Lewis Hamilton at the but how significant some of them are remains to be seen.

Breaking the all-time record for pole positions was a magnificent achievement that further solidifies the Mercedes driver's standing as the fastest driver of his era and an all-time great. Like his 59th career win on Sunday, his 69th career pole position is hardly likely to be his last.

Taking the championship lead and becoming the first driver to achieve back-to-back wins in this intensely fought season may yet prove to be defining moments, too. But as the dust settles from Mercedes' dominant performance on rival Ferrari's home Monza track, it would be unwise to jump to too many conclusions.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has led the championship since beating Hamilton in the first race of the season in Australia back in March.

That win appeared to establish the Italian team as major contenders again for the first time in years and they solidified the impression convincingly over the first half of the season.

Hamilton shared the lead with Vettel after his victory in the second race in China. But the Ferrari's consistency and usability over a wide range of tracks, generally impeccable driving from Vettel, combined with some difficult weekends for Mercedes and their lead driver, gave Vettel a comfortable lead on a number of occasions.

Vettel led by 14 points after one of those difficult weekends - in Hungary, the last race before the mid-season break - but since returning from his summer holiday Hamilton has been on fire.

 

Hamilton was booed on the podium, something he described as "inevitable" given he and team-mate Valtteri Bottas had stopped Vettel winning. "This energy is like nowhere else we ever really get to see, apart from maybe Silverstone, so I respect it, I appreciate it," he said. "I'm happy."

Hamilton has won back-to-back races for the first time this season

And what did leading the championship at last mean to him?

"It's an empowering feeling because it has been a constant search and battle for perfection which is what's been needed to overhaul the Ferraris because they have been exceptional all year long," Hamilton said.

"These last few races have been really solid races. I definitely feel like I have found more heart and passion within myself in the last three or four races I think it is - Silverstone and from there.

"Silverstone was a real empowering weekend and that has kind of sparked a forest fire in me and that is hopefully reflecting in my driving and the way I am working with my guys.

"While I feel I always drive with my heart, my heart is the engine, the power and the force behind what I do, but my mind is like the rudder and it has been really steering me in the right direction.

"So to be leading - while it is only a couple of points - I am grateful for it but by no means do I feel comfortable, I am going to apply myself as I have the last three or four races and hope. Earlier in the year it was 20 points or something like that so I am going to see if he can have that feeling for a while."