Lewis Hamilton pulled off an amazing comeback drive from P19 to P5 at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Briton says he could have been fighting with the top cars had it not been for his early collision with Kevin Magnussen.
“We’ve made a lot of improvements with the car,“ Lewis said.
“The race pace is much, much better… the car is much nicer in the race. This is a great sign we’re going in the right direction.
“Without [the collision], I would have been fighting the Red Bulls. That gives me great hope that at some stage we’ll be fighting for the win.”
Hamilton then revealed a surprising inspiration for his amazing performance.
“A race like that is like a win. It actually feels better than a win most often, when you’ve come from so far back. There was quite a lot of adversity in that race, starting so far back.
“There was a young girl who I spoke to yesterday who was my little inspiration. Isla, a five-year-old who is terminally ill.
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“She said, ‘can you win the race tomorrow’, I said , ‘I don’t know if I can win the race, but I’ll give it everything.’
“Hopefully that was a bit like a win, and I dedicate it to her.”
Ultimately Lewis said there was a lot of adversity he has faced since the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, so this performance feels “amazing”.
“Since the last race of last year it’s been difficult all round. To then have the difficulties we had with the car, to have constant knockbacks, Safety Cars and all sorts of things…
“We just keep getting back on the horse and keep pushing, never giving up. To start the race today positive and then have that problem, then to come back, it felt like some of the older races I’ve done,
“That for me feels amazing,” Hamilton concluded.