The 30-year-old Englishman has only a 10-points advantage over the German following Rosberg's victory at the Austrian Grand Prix and knows he needs to regain his earlier supremacy to repeat his triumph in last year's race.

"I don't feel like I ever really reached my peak in Austria," said Hamilton. "It wasn't the smoothest of weekends for me, so to come away with second place wasn't a disaster in the circumstances.

"Silverstone, though... That's different. I can't describe the feeling I had last year, lifting that trophy again in front of a sea of fans on pit straight, after so many years, and after a tough start to the weekend too.

"It's something that will always stay with me and nothing less than the same again will do. I'm lucky enough to have fans all around the world, but winning in front of your home crowd is something else.

"We have a fantastic car this year, even better than in 2014 and it should suit this track. I'll be going all out to make the most of it."

Rosberg's triumph at the Red Bull Ring was his third in four races and confirmed the momentum that has recharged his title challenge after a season-opening period in which he was swept aside by Hamilton.

As the Mercedes duo head towards the ninth round of the 19-race season amid temperatures soaring towards 35 degrees Celsius, their duel has left many observers calling for changes - or a Ferrari revival -- to add drama to the championship and the sport.

Two major surveys of Formula One fans and supporters - one carried out by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (PGDA) -- resulted in calls for a return to refuelling and a 'tyre war', but neither received much support from paddock insiders.

McLaren chief operating officer Jonathan Neale, whose team are ready to endure a very difficult home event with more grid penalties for engine changes, said he felt that the penalties were too severe and complex - and not understood by the fans.

In Austria, the last two rows of the grid were filled by the two Renault-powered Red Bulls and the two struggling McLaren-Hondas, after both teams were penalised severely.

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