Hamilton says leading in Britain was “not a strange feeling at all”

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After finally being in contention for a race win at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says it was “encouraging” to be “in the fight”.

For the first time in 2022, at the British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton was a serious contender for a race win.

Asked if he enjoyed his battles with Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez, Lewis said:

“I definitely did. That was very reminiscent of the karting days, and I feel like that’s Formula 1 at its best.

“The fact that we were able to follow and dice like that lap by lap is a testament to the direction I think that we’re now in.

“I was just grateful that I could be in the battle, because I’ve not been in that fight for a while.”

Asked if it was a strange feeling to be leading his first laps of the season, he said it definitely wasn’t.

“It’s not a strange feeling at all,” he explained.

“I’ve had plenty of years in my career, not plenty, but I’ve definitely had years in my career that I haven’t had wins for a period of time.

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“The progress we’ve made over the past couple of races has definitely given us hope that there’s more to come.

“There’s potential in this car and we have to keep doing our due diligence, keep our heads down, stay focused and not give up.”

Lewis then said Mercedes’ race pace was very encouraging.

“I think it’s encouraging that, as I said, we were in the fight. There were times where, for a good period of time, I was matching the Ferraris pace and even bettering it at some stages.

“And we got the quickest lap at the end, for example, which is nothing we’ve been able to do this year.

“We had an upgrade this weekend and I think the race pace is definitely improved. That’s been our strongest part of our car, I think this year in general, but it’s definitely helped us get a little bit closer.

“I don’t think we’re in the winning position yet – but we’re not far away,” Hamilton concluded.

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