Lewis Hamilton says ‘it was the driver’ and not ‘the car’ at Silverstone

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When it was put to Lewis Hamilton that he was “the fastest car” at the British Grand Prix, he replied with a question: “Driver you mean?”

Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz started to ask Lewis Hamilton a question about his performance at the British Grand Prix, where he was even in contention for the race win, and said: “You were the fastest car, by some measures you were the fastest car on Silverstone in the race on Sunday…”

Lewis, who has obviously had enough of people talking about him having the fastest car, cut off Ted’s question with a question of his own: “Driver You mean?”

This led to Kravitz correcting himself. After the Austrian Grand Prix, when it was again suggested to Lewis that he had “arguably the fastest car at Silverstone last weekend”, he again said that Mercedes has never been the fastest car in 2022. 

“I would argue that we’ve not yet been in a position where we’ve been the fastest car,” the Briton said at the post-race press conference.

“These guys still have had the edge. I think we’ve sometimes been able to match their times.

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“But, yeah, to the point where we’re actually ahead of them, we’re not quite there yet. So we’ve just got to keep…”

As for Mercedes’ performance in Austria, Lewis said:

“I think we’ve made some improvements this weekend to the car once again, but for some reason at this track it just wasn’t the same, as they were a little bit further ahead, particularly in race pace.

“Hoping that when we go to these next tracks it’s a little bit more favourable to us, a bit more like Silverstone.

“If that’s the case I would really love to be in the battle that they’re having at the front,” Hamilton concluded.

Below you can take a look at the video of Ted Kravitz’s question and Lewis’ anwer.

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