Just before the Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying Lewis Hamilton got devastating news that he has been disqualified from Friday’s Qualifying, which meant he’d have to start the Sprint Race from the back of the grid.
However, not only did Lewis control the damage as best he could, he gave us all one of his all-time great drives when he cut through the field from P20 to P5.
“It was definitely tough,” Hamilton told Sky Sport F1 after the race.
“While the team were working away, delegating with the stewards, I was just trying to focus on my work with my engineers and keeping the morale with my mechanics high, and just focusing on the job at hand and not thinking about it.
“Of course, just before I heard about the result, it was devastating. But you can’t let that hold you back, keep your head down, I’ve got to keep going.
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“And so I quickly reset, got my mind focused on doing what I could do you know, and just given it my everything.”
The Briton says he was not sure how far he could go up the grid before race start.
“Honestly, I had no idea what was possible. I didn’t set a limit or maximum. I think when I was at the back of the grid just before the start, before we pulled away for the formation lap, I think I might have been able to see like 10th.
“And I was like, ‘Okay, that’s my goal, we’ve got to try and get as far up as possible’. But then all of a sudden I was now chipping away at it much faster. And I really used a lot of different things for fuel today.
“But you know, you can’t give up you got to keep pushing,” concluded the seven-time champion.