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Lewis Hamilton chats to Sportsround

Lewis Hamilton

Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton, is getting ready for this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

At the moment, he's fourth in the drivers' championship and Sportsround's Lizzie, caught up with him to find out how he's feeling about the big race.

It's the British Grand Prix this weekend - how are you feeling about it?

I'm very, very excited. There's a little bit of nerves there.

I've heard it's a sell-out. And I know last year there were thousands and thousands of people there so I can imagine the atmosphere this year will be even better.

I just hope, I really hope, for a great weekend for everyone. I've heard the weather's great. I hope we are sitting on that front row and I hope we just have an amazing weekend.

It will be great for the country, it will be great for my team, and for me to win the British Grand Prix as my home Grand Prix will be one of the most special Grand Prix's ever.

There's been a big home crowd cheering on Andy Murray - will the home crowd at Silverstone help you?

Absolutely - there's something about it - being in your home country, you feel more relaxed. I don't know if it's the power of home...

You gain a couple of tenths of a second just through the atmosphere, through the support you have.

What does it feel like going that fast in a car?

You can't explain it. Everyone asks me that - what's it like driving a Formula One car? You can't explain it!

You can have absolutely no comprehension of how it feels. I mean I tried, before I got to Formula 1, but my imagination came nowhere near to what it's like.

It's ridiculously quick, the car's so light, so even if you have a road car that does 200mph it's slow compared to the Formula 1 car.

Are you permanently scared?

I've never been scared.

What advice would you give to a Newsround viewer watching you, who wants to be the next Lewis Hamilton?

I'd say first of all you don't be Lewis Hamilton, you want to be yourself. I think it's very, very important that you be yourself and you find out what you want in life.

And once you've decided on that, you should go for it. And don't do it half-hearted, give 100% to it.

And hopefully you'll have the support from your family, you need the support from your family, and, you know, anything's possible. You can change everything; you can change for the better.