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VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes drives the new McLaren MP4-25 during winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 2, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer Lewis Hamilton goes into Formula One's midseason break with renewed hope. Maybe he still has time to challenge for the title. Hamilton is some distance behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel - 48 points back in fourth - but his victory Sunday at the Hungarian Grand Prix was the third for Mercedes in the past five races. ''I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us,'' Hamilton said, with team principal Ross Brawn adding that ''it certainly feels like we have made a good step forward.'' Two-time former champion Fernando Alonso has slipped to third overall, behind Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen. With nine Grand Prix races left, Hamilton has an outside chance of catching Vettel because Mercedes has been fastest in qualifying - Hamilton has clinched the last three poles and Mercedes six of the past seven overall. ''I know the guys are working hard so that we can close the gap,'' Hamilton said. Mercedes' pr...
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