Lewis Hamilton: “I was on pace with Max in the race”

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Lewis Hamilton says his recovery drive from P13 to P6 at the Dutch Grand Prix was “redemption” after “terrible” qualifying.

Although Mercedes made several strategy errors during the Dutch Grand Prix, regarding switching tyre compounds, Lewis Hamilton says he is happy with his ultimate result, especially after “terrible” qualifying.

In quali, Lewis got eliminated in Q2 and had to start the race from P13. He ultimately manager to finish the race in P6.

“It didn’t start off that well but I’m happy with the drive that I did to get back into the points and get sixth,” the Briton said after the race.

“But it could have been higher, for sure, if we had made the right decision at the end of the day.

“I feel like today was redemption in a sense that it was terrible yesterday and I’ve managed to dial the car in a bit better today.

“I overtook a bunch of people and to start 13th, I was dead last at one time, so to get back up to sixth, I’m happy with that.”

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In the final moments of the race, Lewis was battling an obviously slower Carlos Sainz for P5, but ultimately wasn’t able to overtake him.

“The tyres were good. Just Sainz was slow and it was hard to get past him. But that’s racing.

Asked if he could have fought for top three positions, Lewis said he believes the W14 would have been able to challenge Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

“It’s hard to know. Today I think I had the pace, I was on pace with Max in the race but we were out of position.

“I don’t know how the car will be on low downforce at the next race [at Monza],” the Briton concluded.

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