Hamilton: “I’m really, really grateful that I still had a wing at the end”

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After winning the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton gives his rundown of the “amazing” and “incredibly difficult” race.

Lewis Hamilton had to overcome several decisions by the FIA, a broken front wing and a series of unsportsmanlike and dangerous manoeuvers from Max Verstappen, to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

At the post-race press conference he gave his thoughts on everything that happened in Jeddah.

“It was amazing,” Hamilton said.

“It was an incredibly difficult race. What a great circuit we have here. It’s very difficult to follow through Six, Seven, Eight, Nine.

“To then be close to be in the DRS area, through the next DRS areas, and then Turn 22 is pretty hectic but such a thrill to drive.

“I like to think we approached…. We approached it with a cool head today, as a team, and I think the key for us was just staying calm.

“It was clear that others around us were willing to take it to all sorts of levels in order to overtake, so I just tried to keep it on the track and stay out of trouble, which meant avoiding incidents if I could, and I’m really, really grateful that I still had a wing at the end.

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“And then I just took a lot of risk at the end with the bit of damage that I had to get that extra point, as we continue to fight, no matter what we’ve experienced as a team.

“And I think probably all of us, no matter what we face, we just keep pushing, never give up, and I think that’s been the mentality of our team.

“I think today I’ve seen a passion and excitement within my team that, I think, in 10 years I don’t think I’ve seen that, which is amazing.”

Hamilton was then asked if he stands by his earlier comment that 2021 is not the most intense and difficult season he has had in Formula 1.

“It’s definitely an incredibly intense year and time. I think I was just saying because I’ve raced for 28 years.

“I’ve had so many intense battles through karting, through single-seaters and this is one of them.

“Of course this is the pinnacle of the sport so everything’s heightened, everything’s at the absolute max and so much weighs on it, so yeah, but I think it’s great for the sport.

“I think it’s great for the fans. I think they’re enjoying it more than ever. I’m enjoying it as a racing driver,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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