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F1 | British GP | Lewis Hamilton on P3: "A huge bonus for us."

The Mercedes driver was extremely satisfied with his second podium finish in a row, but admitted that the Ferraris and Perez's Red Bull were just "too fast" for him to catch up with today.

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F1 | British GP | Lewis Hamilton on P3: "A huge bonus for us."
Fuente imagen: Mercedes AMG F1 Team

It's a third seasonal podium for Lewis Hamilton, the second in a row after the Canadian GP. A good first start had put him in P3, but after the red flag, and yet another standing start, he didn't manage to do it again.

The seven times World Champion also returned to lead a race for the first time in 2022, but suffered from a slow pit on Lap 33. After the safety car brought out by Ocon's fuel pump issue, he fought with Perez and Leclerc, getting in the end the final podium position. 

It's an historical moment for the Mercedes driver, as he secured his 13th career podium at Silverstone, the most podium finishes at a same location ever scored by a driver.

In front of his home crowd, Hamilton praised the high attendance in the post race interview:

"First I really have to give it up to this crowd, because we have had the biggest show in history here in the UK, so thank you everybody for the incredible support. We don't see this anywhere around the world, this is literally the greatest group that we get to see, and I'm so grateful for that."

He went on to discuss the highlights of his race, mentioning the importance of the new upgrades brought this week by the German team.

"I gave it everything today, I was trying to chase down those Ferraris but, you know... Congratulations to Carlos, they were just too quick today for us."

"In the end, I was in amongst that battle with Checo, those guys were just too quick on the straights for me today but I'm so grateful for the hard work all the team did to get an upgrade here. We have made a step closer to them, so we've got to keep pushing."

Asked if he had struggled with the new soft tyres he had pitted for under the safety car, Hamilton denied, focusing on the impressive pace shown by Perez.

"No. We lost a little bit of time in the pit stop, and then I was like chasing chasing chasing, but the pace was great on both sets of tyres, and then at the end it was just a little bit difficult when, you know, once you have a Red Bull behind you, they're so fast on the straights."

All in all, in spite of the British GP not being the first win for Mercedes under the new regulations, the British driver is still very pleased with his performance and final result, as well as withn the fact that Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon, involved in a extremely severe crash during the first lap:

"We have got some improvements to make, but this is an huge bonus for us to be on the podium. I'm glad everyone was safe after that big crash at the beginning of the day."

"Thank you everybody, as I have said before, we're going to continue to push, let's try to keep trying to be the best we can and send you all positivity," he concluded.

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