Lewis Hamilton was close to getting his and Mercedes’ first win of the 2022 season at the United States Grand Prix, but it was not to be.
However, there’s no doubt that the upgrade Mercedes brought to COTA proved to be a step in the right direction.
“What I’ll take from today is that we had good pace, I am still here, and I know that when they build the car, I will take it to the top,” the Briton said after the race.
“We’ve just to keep on working. I would like to start to say a big thank you to my team, everyone back at the factory is working so hard and it has been such a trying year for everyone.
“We came here with upgrades, they worked so hard to bring those upgrades in and it really had an effect so we were closer today.
“I am really proud of everybody. Sorry, I couldn’t get the win, I gave it absolutely everything.”
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Lewis then explained how it was impossible to keep Max Verstappen behind, as his Red Bull is simply faster right now.
“We were in the lead and I could see he [Verstappen] was closing a second per lap and I couldn’t really answer it.
“He came from so far back on the straight, I think they are a lot, like 10kph faster than us on the straights, and at the end of the straight our mirrors are vibrating so much that I couldn’t see where he was so it was difficult to defend.
“I cannot put in words how much it would mean to the team [to get second in the Constructors’ Championship], especially with everything that is going on and everything that has happened in the last race last year, what happened this year in terms of our car performance and what’s happened with all the news and everything.
“So to get a win would have been a huge triumph for us all and hugely rewarding,” Hamilton concluded.