However, in Friday’s practice sessions, it appeared that the team was still struggling. Hamilton explains this changed overnight.
“The car felt great today,” the Briton said after the race.
“Friday was a real struggle with the balance, it was way out of the window. It was very hard to drive, very unpredictable. And then we did some great work overnight.”
Lewis then praised Mercedes’ test driver Mick Schumacher for his contribution to the team’s success.
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“We’ve got a great team, with Mick back in the simulator on Friday night and he did some great work, which helped us get on the right track on Saturday.
“I think we did pretty decent work in trying to understand the different downforce levels. And in the race today the car felt great.
“But honestly I just couldn’t match the times that Max was doing. And for George to come from 12th to third is just remarkable.
“So, really awesome result for us as a team,” Hamilton concluded.