Lewis Hamilton says “thank God” Mercedes didn’t retire his car

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When Lewis Hamilton dropped down to P19 at the Spanish Grand Prix, he asked Mercedes if it would be better to retire the car. He now says he’s glad they didn’t.

At the start of the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was involved in a collision with Kevin Magnussen, which caused a tyre puncture and dropped him down to P19.

At that point Lewis asked his team if it would be better to retire the car a preserve the engine. Mercedes said he could still get up to P8, and after finishing in P5, Lewis said he’s glad he remained in the race.

“I was 30 seconds behind so I thought if I am going to use a whole engine to drive around in last or out of the top 15 and at some point take a penalty,” the Briton explained.

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“I thought we may as well save the engine so we can live to fight another day. Thank God we didn’t, that is why we never stop we never give up and that’s what I did.

“I was hoping for a smoother race without the issue at the beginning. Having seen what it was like back in Jeddah where I started 15th and struggled to get into the top 10, I was thinking this is impossible to get back into the points.

“They said no I was on for eighth – I couldn’t understand it and thought they were definitely being super optimistic.

“But I thought let’s give it everything and see where I come out,” Hamilton concluded.

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