Lewis Hamilton: “Even when I fell back to third I kept believing“

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Lewis Hamilton says he treated the Portuguese Grand Prix as a “marathon and not a sprint”, after he fell back to third at race start.

Hamilton had some trouble at the start of the race when he fell back to P3, but he regained the lead “in a calculated way”.

“Of course I wasn’t expecting to lose ground to people at the start, but then to fight through the way I was able to afterwards,” explained Hamilton to Sky Sports F1 after the race.

“I was thinking it was a marathon and not a sprint, so I was probably a little over cautious, but I have a championship to lose, so I did what I though was right.”

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After the race Hamilton’s long-time engineer Peter Bonnington – Bono accepted the Constructors’ trophy for the team.

“It was so good to be on the podium with Bono, because it’s the longest partnership with an engineer that I ever had. I think we understand each other very very well.

“I’ve done this so many times in my life and it doesn’t matter how many Sundays you get, It’s like the first time every time and that’s why I really love doing what I do. To be able to do it at a level I was being able to do it today, I pushed for that.

“Even when I fell back to third I kept believing,” concluded the six-time champion.

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