Lewis Hamilton says he could have won without Quali DRS issue

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After getting his second P2 in a row at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says he “would have been in the run for the win” without his qualifying DRS problem.

The Hungarian Grand Prix was another amazing race for Mercedes, with another double podium result.

Lewis Hamilton says he believes he would have been in the run for the win, had he not experienced a DRS issue yesterday, which prevented him from qualifying higher than P7.

“I definitely think being a little bit cooler, it seemed to work a little bit better for us,” the Briton said.

“I can’t tell you exactly why, but grateful for it. I was hoping it was gonna rain at the end so I could challenge Max, but we ran out of laps.

“So a bit of a better qualifying if the DRS was okay yesterday, we would have been in the run for the win.

“But either way, two seconds in a row, I’m really, really happy. So huge thank you to the fans for all the amazing support.”

Lewis then gave his perspective of what was happening in the race.

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“I was definitely struggling at the beginning of the race and wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to catch the guys up.

“But bit by bit got a bit more comfortable with the balance, had a really good start as well.

“I really want to acknowledge my team who have continued to push, never give up through this tough year that we’ve had so far.

“For us to be on the podium, both cars to be on the podium twice is pretty special for us. And really unlucky for George today. The other guys still have a bit of an edge.

“But we’re clearly closing the gap. And this is just an amazing way to go into the break knowing that we have this performance.

“Hopefully, we’ll bring some more into the second part of the season and start fighting with the guys up front,” concluded Hamilton.

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