F1 | US GP | “It was such a tough race, but unfortunately, we couldn’t convert it,” says Hamilton after tight fight with Verstappen
After the United Sates Grand Prix, Mercedes took home some great points for both driver’s and constructors’ championship with Hamilton on P2, after a tight race with title rival Verstappen, and Bottas P6.
The day started a bit gloomy, but by the time race time came, we had some bright sun and very few clouds over Circuit of the Americas. With high temperatures and spirit, you could feel the excitement from both the drivers and teams and the spectators all around the track.
From the start, it was a tight race between the title-fighters Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. The Brit driver managed to get the lead at the start and held it for a few laps, but in the end did not get the win.
“Firstly, congratulations to Max, he did a brilliant job today. And also, a big thank you to the amazing crowd we’ve had in Austin all weekend, to perform in front of such packed grandstands and passionate fans has been a real honour.
“I really thought for a second we might be able to win, I gave it absolutely everything out there. It was such a tough race, but unfortunately, we couldn’t convert it,” he added.
“Red Bull just had the upper hand, and we couldn’t match them. It looked like they had a better and more stable rear end on their car, with less sliding. The start was obviously great and closing the gap towards the end, but I got into the dirty air and the tyres overheated in the last few laps. “
And, as always, the reigning champion finished by praising his team, which he says they win and lose together.
“Thank you to the team for amazing pit stops and so much hard work over the weekend. We didn’t quite get it this time, but we’ll move onto the next one.