Lewis Hamilton believed that with a different strategy, he had a chance of beating Max Verstappen in the United States Grand Prix, but he acknowledged that it was not going to happen and praised Mercedes’ recent updates while recognizing areas for improvement.
‣ Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes could have beaten Max Verstappen with a different strategy.
‣ Hamilton is happy with the new updates from Mercedes.
‣ Hamilton admitted that he realized he couldn’t catch Verstappen in the closing laps of the race.
‣ Mercedes’ latest updates have given Hamilton confidence, but there are still areas for improvement.
In the aftermath of the United States Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton expressed his belief that a different strategy could have given him the opportunity to defeat Max Verstappen. Despite this, the British driver, who was recently disqualified from the race, is content with the progress his team has made with their new updates.
Hamilton came close to overtaking Verstappen in the final stages of the race, but he ultimately fell short. Reflecting on the situation, he admitted, “I was pushing, but three laps to go, two laps to go, and the gap was still four seconds. I was like, it’s not going to happen.”
Nevertheless, Hamilton remains optimistic about Mercedes’ recent improvements, describing them as a significant step in the right direction. He stated, “The upgrade was a really good step, in terms of confidence levels really taking a step up this weekend for me, which I’m really happy about.” While acknowledging a few errors in their performance, including slow pit stops and strategy mistakes, he emphasized that there are plenty of areas for improvement.
Hamilton believes that achieving perfection in all aspects of their race execution is necessary to challenge their rivals. He stated, “We would have had to have got everything perfect and no mistakes on track, and no mistakes in pit stops and all those things to be in with a shot at beating these guys.” However, he remains hopeful that they can work on these areas and strive for better results in the upcoming races.
Overall, Hamilton’s comments reflect his satisfaction with Mercedes’ progress while acknowledging the need for further refinement in various aspects of their performance.