Hamilton took the lead from championship rival Max Verstappen at Flip 1 on the opening lap, however was undercut after Crimson Bull opted to carry the Dutchman in first for an early pit cease.
Mercedes prolonged each Hamilton’s first and second stints in a bid to create a tyre delta that will enable him to recuperate the time misplaced to Verstappen.
Hamilton sat over eight seconds behind Verstappen after his second cease, and used his brisker tyres to go over one second per lap faster at one level, whittling the hole right down to lower than two seconds.
However Hamilton couldn’t get shut sufficient within the remaining few laps to try to overtake Verstappen, whose response ensured the hole stabilised and that he could hold on for victory.
The end result means Hamilton now sits 12 factors behind Verstappen within the drivers’ championship with 5 races to go this season.
“It was a enjoyable race,” Hamilton mentioned.
“We had begin, and he appeared to be fairly shut all through on the medium tyre. Then clearly they stopped extraordinarily early, and simply tried to offset myself after that.
“I hoped that will give us an opportunity to struggle late on, however I feel observe place was key right this moment.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B, and Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B
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Hamilton felt that Crimson Bull had been “faster on all tyres right this moment”, saying its benefit in hotter situations had “shone by means of this weekend”.
“I don’t know what we might have executed in a different way,” Hamilton added.
“I’ll sit down and speak with the group afterwards. I feel the group did an awesome job right this moment, and it was what we had.
“We’re going to no less than the subsequent two tracks that are very robust circuits for Crimson Bull, so it’s going to be powerful for certain.”
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff didn’t assume the group might have pitted Hamilton as early as Verstappen, however felt its hard-tyre tempo was robust sufficient to have received the race.
“I feel we might have received the race, in fact, as a result of we had been within the lead and we had a really robust tempo on the laborious,” Wolff mentioned.
“In a means, we have to retrace the weekend from Friday to Sunday, the place did we misjudge, the place did we get it unsuitable, what did we do effectively?
“There will likely be loads of Positive discussions about what to study from this weekend.”