Hamilton says he “needed some more laps” to beat Verstappen.

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After getting P2 at the United States Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says he “had to go through a really deep process of getting myself back here”, after his Qatar Grand Prix collision with George Russell.

Lewis Hamilton finished a brilliant United States Grand Prix weekend with second place.

However, in the closing moments of the race Lewis was getting closer and closer to Max Verstappen, but he simply ran out of laps.

“We were catching him towards the end and I was hopeful but we needed some more laps,” Lewis said afterwards.

“The team did an amazing job this weekend, so much work to bring this upgrade here.”

Lewis then said he had a difficult time after his collision with team-mate George Russell at the Qatar Grand Prix.

“It was really difficult after the last race. Firstly, with everything that’s going on in the world and then obviously, the big mistake that I made.

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“I really felt like I let the team down so much. I had to go through a really deep process of getting myself back here.

“It was just one of those experiences of you know it’s not how you fall it’s how you get back up. So I came in fighting, felt great, and I’m really happy with this result.”

Lewis also said he loves coming to the United States.

“I’ve just always loved the States ever since I was eight years old when I came out here, first to Albuquerque, then Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which I can’t wait for us to go racing at.

“But I’ve just always felt really welcome here. The people have been so welcoming.

“Getting to work with lots of great companies, it’s a really progressive country and I’m super grateful for the support that we have,” Hamilton concluded.

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