At the French Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton participated in his 300th F1 grand prix, and although he at first downplayed this milestone, after the race he expressed gratitude to everyone who helped him along the way.
Lewis Hamilton finished his 300th race in P2, his best position so far in 2022. Afterwards he expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped him in his Formula 1 journey.
“You know, this is an incredible result for us, for George and I to be here. George did a great job today as well,” the Briton said.
“This is progress, even though we’re not necessarily closing the gap as such in race performance, in actual qualifying performance, but this is great points for us.
“And this is my 300th Grand Prix. Obviously, it was mentioned at the beginning of the weekend and I didn’t really think much of it.
“And this morning, I woke up just feeling incredibly grateful, just thinking about all the people that have been with me along the way, you know.
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“For Ron [Dennis, former McLaren boss] and Mercedes giving me the chance when I was young. Martin Whitmarsh [former McLaren team principal]. Mansour Ojjeh [former CEO of TAG and McLaren shareholder]. Toto [Wolff, current Mercedes F1 team principal], Niki [Lauda, former Mercedes F1 non-executive director], just Markus [Schafer, member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG]… Who am I missing? Dieter [Zetsche, former chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG]…
“Just all these incredible people that have supported me since I was 13. To then have this just incredible journey with them, every race powered by Mercedes…
“And so very, very proud to be up here representing them, alongside George and yeah, we’ve just got to keep pushing. Every weekend we’re hoping that we’re going to get a little bit closer.
“This weekend, we somehow weren’t as close as we hoped, but [Max Verstappen] was only 10 seconds up the road, so that’s a positive,” Hamilton concluded.