Lewis Hamilton previews Las Vegas Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton apologised to Mercedes after an eventful Las Vegas Grand Prix that saw him recover from a tyre puncture to finish seventh. The Brit dropped all the way down the grid before storming back into the points, but ultimately will have hoped to claim more points in Nevada.
Hamilton apologised to the Silver Arrows after a disappointing qualifying session saw him eliminated in Q2 and start the race lower down the grid than he would have hoped for.
“Apologies to the whole team for qualifying yesterday,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “There are strengths within our car but sometimes sometimes sometimes it’s just really difficult to get the performance out of it.”
He reflected on a race that saw him drop to P19 after a collision with McLaren’s Oscar Piastri saw him suffer a puncture, in a moment that even saw race winner Max Verstappen fume at the Brit over the Red Bull team radio.
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“A really challenging race,” he added. “I started on the hard tyre which was tricky at the beginning. I got a big hit from someone behind, I think it was Carlos [Sainz], and tried to not hit the cars that had spun around. I fell back five or six places.
“Then after that just making my way back. I was feeling great, the tyres were feeling good, the pace was strong. I went up the inside of Piastri, I don’t really know exactly what happened, I obviously got the hit from behind. I think it was a racing incident.”
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The 38-year-old has remained positive all weekend in Nevada despite complaints from some of his rival drivers regarding the spectacle in Sin City, but the track brought some hugely entertaining racing and Hamilton had a message for Las Vegas’ detractors.
He said: “Lots of great overtaking opportunities and I think for all those who were so negative about the weekend, saying it was all about show blah blah blah, I think Vegas proved them wrong.”
Sergio Perez’s third place confirmed that he would finish as the competition’s overall runner-up behind Verstappen and he can no longer be caught by Hamilton in the race for second.
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