Lewis Hamilton at the post 2021 United States GP Press Conference

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Here is the transcript of the post 2021 United States Grand Prix track interviews and press conference featuring Lewis Hamilton!

TRACK INTERVIEWS

(Conducted by Jenson Button) 

Q: Lewis, that was very tense for all of us watching. Red Bull jumped early, it looked like you guys had stayed strong and it looked like you had the right strategy but it didn’t quite come off at the end.

Lewis HAMILTON: Firstly, congratulations to Max, he did a great job today. It was such a tough race. I got a good start. I gave it absolutely everything but at the end of the day they just had the upper hand this weekend and we couldn’t really have asked for more. But, a big, big thank you to my team for great pit stops, great hard work throughout the weekend. And what an amazing crowd. To perform in front of you guys is such an honour.

Q: It’s a very special race here and I’m sure it’s one where you wanted to come away with the victory. You got that bonus point for fastest lap but let us know how it feels to be in front of this crowd. It feels like we have broken into the US, which is pretty special.

LH: Yeah, it feels like this is our acceptance into the US. What a place to be, as I said. It is a real honour to be out here. I hope we get more races out here and I hope that  the sport continues to grow because you can tell just how great the fans are out here, so I hope we get to come out here more.


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PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: Lewis, coming to you now, well done to you too. It was a fantastic battle between yourself and Max, right to the flag. What was it like inside the cockpit from your point of view?

LH: It was a fun race. We had a good start, he seemed to be quite close throughout on the Medium tyre and then obviously they stopped extremely early and then just tried to offset myself after that. I was hoping it would give us a chance of fighting late on but I think track position was key today.

Q: What about the pace of your car on the Medium tyre. Max was referencing it a moment ago, that he was able to stay with you. Do you feel that you were more competitive on the Hard?

LH: I think they were quicker all weekend, on all tyres today. Just in the heat, I think the real strength has shone through this weekend, a bit like it has in other places, like Bahrain, this year. So, yeah, did the best I could with what we had.

Q: Lewis, if we think back to first practice on Friday, both yourself and your team-mate Valtteri Bottas, very, very fast yet, as the weekend went on, the pace seemed to slip away. Do you understand where it went, relative to Red Bull?

LH: No, I think they just got quicker. I have no idea about it.



QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Alex Kalinauckas – Autosport) Lewis, what were you thinking at turn one and how pleased were you to come out in the lead? 

LH: Yeah, great start and the goal was to get in the lead and finally got a good start – I’ve not had as good a start as that for a long time so I was really happy with it and then it was just about staying clean and coming out ahead and holding onto it so it felt good at the time, to get into the lead, I thought this is best step one but, as I said, they were just too quick.

Q: (Phil Duncan – PA) Lewis, you said track position was obviously key to winning today. Obviously you were ahead at the start. Was there anything that the team could have done differently so you were in a position to be able to win today, and just looking ahead for the rest of the championship, there’s obviously five races left, Max is now 12 points ahead, is it a bit of a concern that gap, particularly going to somewhere like Mexico where Red Bull have been particularly quite strong in the past few years? 

LH: It would be an assumption if I… I don’t know what we could have done differently so I have to sit down and talk with the team afterwards. I think the team did a great job today and it was the best with what we had. Yeah, we’re going to… at least the next two tracks for sure, very strong circuits for Red Bull so it’s going to be tough, for sure.

Q: (Alex Kalinauckas – Autosport) Lewis, yesterday Toto mentioned that the team had to make some changes to stop a massacre over the bumps, in terms of the car being damaged. Could you explain what the team changed to ensure that, and do you think that had an effect on your performance today? 

LH: That’s pretty strong use of words there. There wasn’t a big problem. Right, I think it was a bumpy circuit, first of all, but we ended up going back to where we started the weekend so there was no problem.

Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC Sport) Lewis, how concerned are you to be 12 points behind going into two races that are expected to favour Red Bull? 

LH: I’m not thinking about it at the moment, I’ve got to be happy with the job that I did today and live in the moment. Unfortunately we weren’t quick enough to win the race today but yeah, we just look forward and take it one race at a time. We have no idea… they are two circuits that are strong for Red Bull so we just try to minimise how strong they can be compared to us and see if we can do a better job.

Source: FIA.com

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