Lewis Hamilton: “I didn’t give up, which is what we do”

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After a remarkable recovery drive at the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ “pace is closer to the top guys”.

Lewis Hamilton had an unfortunate start to the Spanish Grand Prix, when after a collision with Kevin Magnussen, his car suffered a tyre puncture, and he ended up in P19.

However, after an amazing drive he managed to ultimatley get back up to P5.

“We do still have bouncing but not in a straight line, just through the corners,” the Briton said after the race.

“If I hadn’t had the issue [crash with Magnussen] at the beginning who knows where I’d have been.

“Just really grateful I was able to come back. Grateful to the team for keeping their head down.

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“Positive feedback coming through, for all the amazing work to getting us this improvement. The car felt great in the race, our pace is closer to the top guys, which is amazing.”

However, Lewis would have finished even higher, but he was instructed by his team to ‘lift and coast’ in the final few laps o the race, due to an overheating issue, which then allowed Carlos Sainz to retake P4.

“Unfortunate at the start with the punctures. I didn’t give up, which is what we do.

“Gutted to lose a place to Sainz, especially after coming from where I came from. 30 plus seconds, that’s no man’s land.

“Horrible feeling being that far behind but you have to keep your head up, keep pushing and keep going,” Hamilton concluded.

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