Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton ‘very happy’ with Mercedes’ pace | Toto Wolff: ‘I would have run for the win’


Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton recovered from suffering an early puncture after a collision with Kevin Magnussen to finish fifth in Barcelona; Team boss Toto Wolff felt the seven-time world champion would have been in a position to challenge for victory had it not been for that setback.

Last update: 05/22/22 21:37


After suffering a puncture on the opening lap, Lewis Hamilton recovered to finish fifth as Mercedes continued their improvement in the sixth race of the season.

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After suffering a puncture on the opening lap, Lewis Hamilton recovered to finish fifth as Mercedes continued their improvement in the sixth race of the season.

After suffering a puncture on the opening lap, Lewis Hamilton recovered to finish fifth as Mercedes continued their improvement in the sixth race of the season.

Lewis Hamilton wondered what could have been after an early puncture ruined what was a positive Spanish Grand Prix for the seven-time world champion.

The Mercedes driver and Kevin Magnussen collided on the first lap after the Haas man tried to go around Hamilton on the outside, leaving him with a puncture and taking up the rear of the pack.

But the 37-year-old recovered from that and made it to fourth at one point before overheating problems late in the race forced him to give up a place to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, eventually bringing his car home in fifth. place.

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collide on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, causing a puncture for the Mercedes driver.

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Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collide on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, causing a puncture for the Mercedes driver.

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collide on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, causing a puncture for the Mercedes driver.

Said Hamilton: “If I hadn’t had that problem at the beginning, who knows where we would have been at the end?”

“It’s a horrible feeling to be so far behind, but you have to keep your head up, keep pushing and hope it gets better.

“They said maybe I could get to eighth and that doesn’t feel like an impressive result, but at least I would get to the points. But then, being in the fight for fourth, I was very happy.”

“The car felt really good in the race, our pace is closer to the best in the race, which is amazing. I was very unlucky early on to get the puncture that I had, but I didn’t give up. That’s it. what we do, right?”

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton overtook Carlos Sainz to move up to fourth place in the race.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton overtook Carlos Sainz to move up to fourth place in the race.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton overtook Carlos Sainz to move up to fourth place in the race.

Hamilton had questioned over team radio whether it would be better to save the engine after his first-lap mishap and subsequent early pit stop left him 35 seconds behind the car in 19th.

However, he was emboldened to press on, and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was delighted to see that his upgraded car could produce race pace to match the encouraging signs from practice and qualifying in Barcelona.

In fact, Wolff felt that Hamilton might even have challenged for the win, with teammate George Russell securing his second podium finish of the year after bringing his car home in third place.

“It’s always the call when you’ve lost the race to decide what’s the benefit of continuing,” Wolff said. sky sports.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was pleased with his jump in performance over the weekend in Spain after George Russell finished third and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was pleased with his jump in performance over the weekend in Spain after George Russell finished third and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was pleased with his jump in performance over the weekend in Spain after George Russell finished third and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

“From a driver’s perspective, you know, ‘that can’t be possible, I’m 50 seconds behind the leaders’, but we’ll never give up anyway.

“In the end, the race pace was ordered. He [Hamilton] I would have run for the win.

“I’m happy we didn’t retire Lewis because that was the most valuable race for us to compare the two cars, compare their set-ups and tyres.

Formula 1 returns to Monaco from May 27-29. Full coverage of all practice sessions, qualifying and the race will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1.




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