Lewis Hamilton says he’s “going for the gap” again in Miami GP

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Lewis Hamilton says he thought of Ayrton Senna when he ‘went for the gap’ in the Miami Grand Prix Sprint Race, and adds he’ll do it again in the main race.

At the beginning of the Miami Grand Prix Sprint Race, there was a big Turn 1 clash between Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll and Lando Norris, which resulted in a DNF for Norris.

Hamilton got involved in the mayhem after he tried to get ahead of Alonso by heading up the inside of the opening corner, which led a collision between the two.

Lewis immediately said on the radio that he “saw the gap and went for it”. The FIA ultimately decided that nobody was “wholly or predominantly to blame”.

Afterwards, Lewis was asked if he thought of Ayrton Senna, who said ‘if you no longer go for a gap, you’re no longer a racing driver’, when he went for it.

“Exactly,” he said.

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“I’m going for the gap [in the main race] also.”

He then gave his thoughts on his chances in the main race.

“I think we maximised the setup and the car was good, great balance.

“I don’t know if we have the same pace as the guys ahead. We’ll wait and see but we’re a little bit closer and further up [from the Sprint Race].

“Hopefully we can try and attack and see if we can get on top of some of these guys in front of us,” the Briton concluded.

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