"Naturally I come here, there's quite a few of us Brits but we come here to raise the flag and do the country proud, so I'm just going to try to play my part".
The F1 community, through the voice of several teams and drivers, had urged Liberty Media and Silverstone to reach an agreement ensuring the circuit remained the home of the British Grand Prix for the foreseeable future.
The five-time world champion has won the race four times in the past five years and starts the weekend as strong favourite on a track that is expected to suit his Mercedes auto.
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But Hamilton, who has won six races this season and leads the championship by 31 points from team-mate Valtteri Bottas, said he expected Mercedes to be stronger at Silverstone than they were at the Red Bull Ring. While the four-time world champion isn't expecting similar issues to hamper his auto at Silverstone, he believes Red Bull and Ferrari have both stepped up.
"This weekend it will be closer".
"The prospect of not hosting a Grand Prix at Silverstone would have been devastating for everyone in the sport and I am delighted that we are here today, on the eve of what is sure to be a fantastic event, making this positive announcement about the future".
"It's the most special because you have your family around supporting you".
"We're a little unusual in that we don't think it's right for the British Government to use taxpayer's money to directly subsidise Formula One", he said.
When asked if that would change his mind-set ahead of the weekend, however, Hamilton demurred: "I'm not really one for records". If it happens this weekend, it does, if it doesn't, it's no biggy for me, as I'm hoping to be here for a little bit longer!