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Motor Racing: I've got my feet on the ground - Lewis; FORMULA ONE.

LEWIS HAMILTON is adamant his world title bid is stronger this year as he is no longer floating away with the fairies.

Hamilton may have set all kinds of rookie records during his debut season, including a run of nine successive podium finishes, but it ultimately ended in heartache as he missed out on the world title by a point to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Although it will long remain an astonishing campaign, on reflection the 23-year-old knows there were times when he was far from grounded as the occasion got the better of him.

Asked as to what he feels makes him a stronger title contender this year, with him currently five points clear of Raikkonen, the McLaren star replied: "The knowledge. Last year I was on cloud nine the whole year. I remember coming back after the summer break and I was still floating.

"This weekend I have my feet on the ground.

I've not done anything crazy over the last two weeks, just relaxed. I know what I have to do, and that is to hit this race hard."

The European Grand Prix takes place around Valencia's marina on Sunday.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2008
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