And 4 for Lewis Hamilton! For his 300th F1 Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver took his fourth consecutive podium. The first with his teammate, George Russell.
Very happy after the race, the 2021 world runner-up spoke a little “triumph.”
“I couldn’t be happier!”
“Of course, if we had won, it would have been a step further, but I really did not expect this result. Obviously I was praying and hoping we could fight for a podium, like third place, but I can’t believe we got second place, that’s huge for us. »
“Obviously it’s unfortunate for Charles, but we’ve done a great job on reliability as a team, so I really have to thank the team for that. »
“Collectively, as a team, even though we didn’t have the pace of the leading cars… You know, it’s an incredible result for us, that George and I are here. George also did a great job. It’s progress, although we don’t necessarily cut the gap as such in the standings… but those are big points for us. »
Having beaten, with the two Mercedes, the Red Bull of Sergio Pérez at race pace, was a real success for the Silver Arrows.
“Yes, we both did with George. At first, keeping them behind was very difficult, as their straight line speed was impressive. So you had to try and keep them out of the DRS zone, that was really the trick, and then the use of the tires, that was probably the key.”
“I don’t think George and I expected to be second and third. This is huge for me and I can’t wait to bring this positive energy to Budapest. »
However, Lewis Hamilton didn’t seem to have the pace of a Max Verstappen heading to the front…
“I was trying to keep up with Max. He was so fast. I stayed with him for two, maybe two laps and then … but I’m literally on the straight and he pulls away. That’s, I think, the most great… one of the biggest deficits was top speed. So if you lose four tenths, whatever, there’s nothing you can do about it. We need to work on improving that in the future. And as I’m sure there are some other points where we could be better.”
Lewis deprived of drinking on the day he wanted to drink!
Very happy, Lewis Hamilton was also, however, very dehydrated – his drinks system did not work during the Grand Prix and we saw him lying, exhausted, after the event quite logically in the ‘cool room’.
“If I’m honest, I very rarely drink during the race. I always forget. And I hydrated a lot before the race, but on the 20th lap I thought “I could have a drink” and it didn’t work. And it had been so long since I tried. Maybe it hasn’t worked for a long time. Maybe the water has evaporated, who knows? It’s not serious. Fortunately, I was able to have a drink afterwards. »
“But what a day, what a weekend. Especially with the absence of EL1 [remplacé par Nyck de Vries]… I’m very proud of the team – it’s an incredible result. Winning races and getting results like this is a whole package. »
Beyond the improved performance, Lewis Hamilton particularly wants to emphasize the reliability of his team.
“Of course, we know that we don’t have the pace of the two teams. [Ferrari et Red Bull] forward, but reliability is a critical part of the process, so I’m very proud of my team for having the reliability that we have. And what a great result… It’s very special for us. »
A victory in Hungary?
What if in Hungary, with a better pace in qualifying, Lewis Hamilton could get his first victory of the year? After all, the Hungaroring is one of his (many) favorite circuits.
“I dare to dream, that’s for sure! But it will be difficult. Red Bull and Ferrari are so fast, and Ferrari took a big step forward this weekend and will be hard to beat in Budapest. But it will be hot and hopefully our car will be a little better there. I won’t know until I get there, so fingers crossed! »
This is also promising in the medium term and in particular in next year’s Mercedes.