Lewis Hamilton says he “definitely didn’t expect that result today”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes doesn’t have “the pace of the two teams ahead, but reliability is a huge fundamental part of the process”.

After Mercedes got a fantastic P2 and P3 at the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said the result was totally unexpected.

“I couldn’t really be much happier,” the Briton said.

“Of course, if we’d won that would be another step but definitely didn’t expect that result today.

“Obviously, I was praying and hoping that we could fight for a podium, like a third, but I can’t believe we have a second – this is huge for us.

“Obviously unfortunate for Charles, but we’ve done a great job with reliability as a team, so I have to really give huge thanks to the team for that.”

After the race Lewis revealed his drinks bottle didn’t work, and he later laid down on the floor in the cool-down room, which made for an interesting visual.

“I feel fantastic – I was just a little bit dehydrated! The drinks bottle didn’t work in the race. I don’t actually ever drink in the race ever, so this is the first time I actually tried it all year and there was nothing coming out.

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“But what a day, what a weekend. Especially with missing FP1, just so proud of the team – this is an incredible result. Winning races and getting results like this is about the whole package.

“And of course, we know we don’t have quite the pace of the two teams ahead, but reliability is a huge fundamental part of the process, so I’m so proud of my team for having the reliability that we do have.

“And what a great result… George did a great job today as well, so to get a second and a third, it’s really special for us.”

Lewis was also asked if he thinks he could get his first victory of 2022 at the next race in Hungary.

“I dare to dream, for sure! But’s going to be tough. They are so fast, and Ferrari made a big step this weekend and that will be hard to beat in Budapest.

“But it’s going to be hot and I’m hoping that our car is a little bit better there. I won’t know till I get there, so fingers crossed,” Hamilton concluded.

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