Lewis Hamilton almost won his first race of the 2022 season at the United States Grand Prix, but it was ultimately not to be.
Afterwards, Lewis was asked if he thinks he can win a race before the season’s end.
“I think we really need to be realistic,” the Briton said.
“The Red Bull car has been the fastest car by far all year. And it is still the fastest car. So today, we were… You know we’re in the position we’re in through a lot of the races, through reliability.
“You know if Charles was there, if Pérez was there, for example, it would have been a different race, because they would have been ahead of us, we would have been on the third row.
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“And so, I think today it was great to have started third and been in position to fight, but out of true pace, they’ve been ahead of us all weekend. They were today and they will be the next three races.
“So, unless something drastic happens to any more of them, for example, then it’s highly unlikely that we will have the true pace to be able to compete with them.
“But we’ll give it everything we’ve got. We’re working on making a car that can fight with them. But I think today shows that our teamwork was fantastic. I think, as a team, we operated amazing.
“I mean, he had an 11-second stop, and he was behind Charles, that just shows how much pace they had in hand, to have got past Charles, and to have caught up six seconds, and pulled three seconds ahead of me at least, that shows some serious speed.
“But there’s lots of positives, as I’ve said. Honestly, I think this was our best… This one was probably one of our best,” Hamilton concluded.