Lewis Hamilton reels in F1 fight after ‘impressive’ Portuguese GP win over mistakes – fr

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Lewis Hamilton reels in F1 fight after ‘impressive’ Portuguese GP win over mistakes – fr




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Karun Chandhok was at SkyPad to analyze the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in Portimao

Karun Chandhok was at SkyPad to analyze the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in Portimao

Lewis Hamilton explained how he overcame his own mistakes to brilliantly win the Portuguese GP – and why he enjoys the “impressive” battle between Mercedes and Red Bull at the start of F1 2021.

The Briton’s second victory in three races this season, and the 97th of his career, came after overtaking his two main rivals in Portimao – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

But Hamilton says he complicated things for himself by getting caught between Bottas and Verstappen as the early-race Safety Car ended at the end of lap six, slipping behind main rival Red Bull in third place. .

“What a race! It was awesome, ”said a jubilant Hamilton. Sky Sports F1.

“At the start, I was obviously putting pressure on Valtteri, very difficult to pass, but I thought I was going to have him.

“Then we had the safety car and I did everything to keep the temperatures in the tires right, but on restart I literally took my eyes off Valtteri for a second to see where Max and Valtteri were.

“So it was a mistake.

“Then another mistake was that I was behind Valtteri and I should have just stayed there. But instead I moved and gave Max the tow and he walked past me.

Telling at the press conference how he felt at that point as his big title rival came through the first corner, Hamilton admitted: “I was like, ‘dumb’, to myself. you know!

However, insensitive to the setback, third place became first in the space of 13 laps.

“It made my day a little harder but a lot more enjoyable to fight these guys,” the seven-time champion told Rachel Brookes.

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Lewis Hamilton sweeps away Valtteri Bottas to take Portimao lead

Lewis Hamilton sweeps away Valtteri Bottas to take Portimao lead

“There was a point where I pulled away from them, but I gradually got closer and just waited for the right moment. It came when Max made a mistake and then I just had to make sure you took every chance. “

None of Hamilton’s wins so far this season have come from pole and he said: “When you’re in the lead it’s a different vibe, it’s a different goal, a different balance.

“But when you’re behind, it’s exciting for me. I love the battle. This is what I love since I was a child when I go karting. “

Hamilton predicts title duel on the wire

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Lewis Hamilton gave us a glimpse of how he won the Portuguese Grand Prix after briefly passing third behind his two main rivals.

Lewis Hamilton gave us a glimpse of how he won the Portuguese Grand Prix after briefly passing third behind his two main rivals.

Only eight points separate Hamilton from Verstappen after the first three rounds of 2021 – and there is no indication that the early-season battles between Mercedes and Red Bull will become easier to call anytime soon.

“As you can see I think it’s a great fight between Mercedes and Red Bull and I’m sure also on the pitch and we’ll push ourselves until the last race,” said Hamilton, looking for a record eighth world title. year.

“We’re going to be tired of each other at the end I guess or fed up with the race because there are so many races. “

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