Lewis Hamilton produced a superb drive to complete second to Max Verstappen in Mexico Metropolis; George Russell was hampered by a brake situation as he got here sixth; watch each session from the ultimate Dash occasion this 12 months in Sao Paulo -starting this Friday stay on Sky Sports activities F1,
Final Up to date: 30/10/23 1:52am
Lewis Hamilton hailed taking an “superb” second place within the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix after coming from sixth on the grid to complete behind Max Verstappen.
Hamilton was left dissatisfied on Saturday as Mercedes struggled to get their tyres into the optimum working window in qualifying, however discovered a extra passable steadiness within the W14 within the race.
The consequence reignited Hamilton’s hopes of denying Pink Bull a primary ever one-two within the drivers’ championship, along with his deficit to second positioned Sergio Perez lowered to twenty factors after the Mexican retired from his residence race.
“Truthfully, I simply wasn’t anticipating that. It is simply all the time an ideal feeling when you find yourself simply placing one foot in entrance of the opposite and progressing,” Hamilton advised Sky Sports activities F1.
“The weekend had been actually troublesome in comparison with the final race the place we had simply hit the bottom operating. This weekend I used to be actually digging deep to try to get the set-up proper and I believe we did an ideal job.
“Qualifying was a bit tough and to be far behind the Ferraris, we have to end forward of them to maintain the constructors’ [position] so that is what I used to be pushing for right this moment.
“To have progressed so properly by the early section of the race and be difficult for a podium after which a second place is superb. I’m actually proud of the race.”
Hamilton gained a spot at the beginning when Perez was pressured to retire after colliding with Charles Leclerc.
He overtook Daniel Ricciardo for fourth after 10 laps however obtained caught behind Carlos Sainz, who had simply sufficient tempo to maintain the Mercedes driver at bay.
Hamilton undercut Sainz, so was in third place when the race was stopped by a pink flag after Kevin Magnussen’s large crash at Flip 8 on the midway level of the Grand Prix.
Mercedes bravely put Hamilton on medium tyres for the restart, whereas the opposite main runners had been on hards. It paid off although because the seven-time world champion made a daring transfer on the within of Leclerc, briefly placing two wheels off the monitor to get previous the Ferrari driver and take second place.
Increasing on the place the W14 had improved from Saturday, Hamilton added: “I believe the automotive is simply fairly peaky in qualifying on mild gasoline, however once you put a load of gasoline within the automotive, it simply feels nicer to drive and I believe we struck a very nice set-up this weekend and significantly right this moment for the race.
“Aside from that, simply actually good tyre administration. I typically loved it. It isn’t essentially the most bodily of races, being which you could’t push all the way in which, you are saving, you are doing 200 or 300 metres of lifting and coast to maintain the automotive cool and cease it from failing.”
Wolff: Sensible drive from Hamilton
It was the second successive occasion the place Hamilton has proven sturdy tempo, after he pushed Verstappen shut for the win in Austin, solely to be disqualified for extreme plank put on.
Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff was impressed by Hamilton’s efficiency, particularly on the medium tyres within the second half of the race because the 38-year-old set the quickest lap of the race on his closing circuit.
“The smile on our face is as a result of the automotive was sturdy. As soon as Lewis was in free air, we had a lot margin within the medium. The lap instances had been good and quickest lap on the finish,” Wolff advised Sky Sports activities F1.
“It has been a couple of weekends now the place we are saying we ‘might have’ however did not. I believe we have to qualify higher. In all probability with the straight line pace we would not have been so aggressive towards Max, however who is aware of, the tempo is there.
“It was a superb, sensible drive from Lewis. We now have these oscillations in efficiency and we do not actually know generally if the tyres stick. Only a few levels of monitor temperature and you’re out of the window.”
Russell explains ‘horrible’ finish to race
George Russell, within the different Mercedes, had a irritating race as he discovered himself on the again foot when caught behind Oscar Piastri within the opening phases stint.
Russell wasn’t pleased concerning the timing of his first pit cease as he got here out in site visitors and was seventh when the race resumed following the pink flag.
He overtook Piastri and Ricciardo however could not discover a well beyond Sainz, who defended properly to carry onto fourth place.
Throughout this battle, Russell overheated his brakes and misplaced a place to a charging Lando Norris and solely completed half a second forward of Ricciardo on the chequered flag to take sixth.
“The final 20 laps had been horrible,” Russell mentioned.
“The tempo was actually sturdy after the pink flag. I felt actually good within the automotive, I used to be proper behind Carlos and simply could not fairly make the overtake, then my brakes overheated and we had been involved we would not make it on the finish and I needed to again of.
“As quickly as I did that, I misplaced all of the temperature in my tyres and I might by no means recuperate it and it was like driving on ice.
“I used to be fortunate to complete in P6. Story of the weekend – one other troublesome one and it is a disgrace as a result of the automotive was performing properly.”
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