F1 | Portugal GP | Hamilton says, "That Was Such A Tough Race, Physically And Mentally"
Sir Lewis Hamilton takes an impressive victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix and comments on his impressive drive today and what to expect heading this week into Barcelona
After falling to third after a safety car restart, Hamilton completed a hunter's drive to win for the 97th time in Formula One. Hamilton now at 69 points just 8 points ahead of Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen who is sitting at 61 points in the Drivers' Championship.
Hamilton had a stunning drive and seemed to be in complete charge during the race. You could see and hear how hard he was pushing in his face and voice. Although Bottas had a lot of momentum at the start, and you could see how difficult it was for Hamilton to catch up; it was real speed. Lewis finally made it past and was on his way.
The race winner commented, "That was such a tough race, physically and mentally, just keeping everything together. It was very windy out there, obviously, so it was easy to put a foot wrong. I didn’t quite get as good a start as Valtteri, then lost out on the restart which was not good. I was not happy about that, naturally. But that race was satisfying, when you’re in third and have to overtake two amazing drivers - amazing! Having races like that is what I live for."
He concludes, "The gap between us all is so close and every single point is going to count this year. I love the battle, I’ve loved it since my days in karting and as a team, we can’t leave any stone unturned - we’ve got to continue to push this car, squeeze everything out of it."
Overall, Mercedes pleased with their performance this weekend; they've maintained their lead in both championships, and were quick on both low and high fuel. However, with the margins razoe-thing, reminding them that they must execute flawlessly in order to defeat Red Bull.
A tough race ahead next week, Barcelona, tyre-overheating course similar to Bahrain and the team will be using the next few days to prepare for that challenge.