Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton is preparing for his 200th race at the Belgium Grand Prix. Photograph: (Reuters)
Britain's Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on winning the Belgium Grand Prix even as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen lapped the fastest in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.
Triple world champion Hamilton preparing for his 200th race of his life declared: "One thing for sure in this second part of the season... is that I'm here for blood. I'm here to win and I'm here to stay".
However, in the first practice Raikkonen recorded the best time of one minute 45.502 seconds, Hamilton was second fastest with only 0.053 slower finishing ahead of Ferrari's world championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
"It's strange. When you're racing for so long, it's my 200th race, you would think that maybe your passion or your desire to win would fade. But it's stronger than ever. And that's exciting for me," said Hamilton still 14 points behind Vettel with nine races remaining in the season.
"I want the next nine (races) to all be 10s. I want you guys to be standing there with those boards: 10, 10, 10," he said.
"I'm going to be ahead of him (Vettel) in every single race from now on, that's my goal. No games. I'm here to win. I want it just as much if not more than anyone else this year."
"My first Grand Prix was such a huge highlight. My first Grand Prix win, Silverstone grand Prix win, Monaco Grand Prix win. Winning the title in Brazil was a highlight. It wasn't actually a great experience but it was still a highlight of my career," he said.