Lewis Hamilton finished second in the Mexico City Grand Prix, but at the end of the race he had to restrain Sergio Perez, who was riding on fresher tires. After the finish, he admitted that the Red Bull Racing car was faster, but his words about the Mexican could be interpreted in two ways.
“I started second and finished second, so I have nothing to complain about,” Lewis Hamilton said on Sky Sports F1. – But the pace of Red Bull Racing … They are incredibly fast, and I could not oppose them. And when Sergio Perez is on the tail, it becomes clear that they have a really fast car. “
Today Lewis Hamilton explained that he respects Sergio Perez and did not want to belittle his abilities.
“I want people to get it right what I said yesterday,” Lewis wrote on his Instagram page. – I deeply respect Sergio Perez and I think he is doing a great job in his new team. He has made tremendous progress this year, and I know how difficult it is to progress in a new team. It takes time.
I meant that because of the low drag in Mexico, it is very difficult to chase an opponent’s car. That is why there are so few overtaking areas. And he was able to get so close to me – this suggests that their cars have much higher downforce. I want to thank Sergio for being honest! “
Lewis Hamilton also softened criticism of his team-mate, who allowed Max Verstappen to take the lead in the first corner in Mexico.
“We all have bad days,” added Lewis. – We are constantly learning. Yesterday I said that Valtteri Bottas left too much room for Max, and naturally, this caused dissatisfaction.
We are one team, we win and we lose together. There is no such thing that someone alone is responsible for victory or defeat – we do everything together, whether we succeed or not. We can be outstripped, but not broken! Valtteri, let’s move on. Let’s continue our work, brother! “
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