Hamilton says he’s “only a few positions away” from Verstappen

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Lewis Hamilton says the Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying reminded him of his “first year in go-karts” and adds he’s “in a much better position” for the main race.

In the Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying Race, Lewis Hamilton managed to overcome a penalty that put him at the back of the grid and he ultimately finished in P5.

“It reminded me of my first year in go-karts,” the Briton said afterwards.

“I had a really old go-kart, I’d always start last and I had to make my way through. Those lessons were special.

“I definitely never expected to get to the position I did but I just never gave up and pushed. When you’re in a battle you never give up.

“You just never give up in life, what you go through, what you’re faced with, you’ve got to keep your head up, keep pushing because you can do so many things if you put your mind to it.

“It would have been so easy to let the darkness overtake my mind but I had to move forwards, to cope, to reset. It was done, what could I do about it.

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“I didn’t know what I could do, whether I’d move forwards or not, but I thought ‘I’m not going out without a fight’ so I’m happy with the result.”

The Briton will also have to serve a five-place grid penalty in the main race, because Mercedes swapped his engine, so he will start from P10. However, he says he is in a “much better position” now than he was yesterday.

“To be able to come back to the point I did keeps me in the fight for the race. I’m only a few positions away from the guy I’m fighting.

“It’s a much better position to be starting than last so we’ll definitely take it. It will be harder naturally because when you get closer to the front in the hot conditions it’s going to be tough.

“But with everything that’s been thrown at us, I’ll take it,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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