Hamilton says overtaking Verstappen felt “very, very surreal”

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Lewis Hamilton says “it felt good to have momentum” at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race, and it felt “surreal” to pass a Red Bull for the first time in 2022.

Lewis Hamilton produced an amazing performance at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race, when he progressed from P8 to P3.

In the process, Lewis overtook Max Verstappen, which he notes was a “surreal” experience.

“It felt good to have momentum,” the Briton told Viaplay.

“Even just passing a Red Bull today, it’s the first time I think I’ve gone past a Red Bull that I can remember [in 2022].

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“It was very, very surreal. This is the first time we’ve overtaken them in a long time, and so we’re just really proud of everybody in the team.”

Asked if Mercedes’ good performance will be extended to Sunday’s main race, Lewis said:

“I think it depends on the weather tomorrow, but the car felt really great today.We have to do some work overnight to see what adjustments we can make.

“Not that you can make many changes, but just trying to get the right balance,” Hamilton concluded.

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