Although Mercedes locked out the front row at the Mexican Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas’ lap 1 accident left Lewis Hamilton alone between two Red Bulls.
After the race the Briton was asked how much harder did that make his race.
“Yeah, I mean it made the race a lot harder, naturally,” Lewis said.
“I think having one car ahead and one car in, just means they can play on the strategy and Sergio, I think, was super-close, I think, within that first stint.
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“And I couldn’t really pull away from him, so it was a moment where they were either going to undercut us or we were going to undercut them.
“So we stopped, which… yeah, I think the team did a great job. It was just we didn’t have really much left on the tyres at the end, but yeah, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
“We managed to just keep them behind. One more lap, I think it would have been over, but yeah, I’m happy that I still got second,” concluded the seven-time champion.