Lewis Hamilton opens up on ‘horrible feeling’ and explains why he almost quit Spanish GP

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LEWIS HAMILTON fought again to fifth within the Spanish Grand Prix after an early incident with Kevin Magnussen.

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Lewis Hamilton has opened up on the ‘horrible feeling’ contained in the automobile as he got here again from ‘no man’s land’ to attain factors on the Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton suffered a entrance left puncture after contact with Kevin Magnussen at flip 4 on the opening lap. 

Moments later, Hamilton requested his crew if he might retire the automobile to save lots of the engine however was warned there would nonetheless be alternatives later. The seven-time champion fought again from nineteenth to battle inside the highest 10 and was on target for fourth earlier than late mechanical points dropped him to fifth.

He stated: “Actually unlucky at the beginning with the punctures I obtained, however I did not surrender, that’s what we do proper. It is so much hotter than predicted at the moment and for everybody it is fairly robust with these automobiles. I do not know precisely what went on with the automobile however I principally needed to drive it at half throttle making an attempt to chill the automobile. 

“Gutted to lose the place to Sainz, particularly coming from the place I got here from, I used to be 30 seconds behind final place, that is like no man’s land, it’s a horrible feeling being that far behind. You simply should maintain your head up, maintain pushing. 

“They stated I might possibly get to eighth and eighth does not really feel like a very spectacular end result however at the least I can get within the factors. However to be preventing for fourth, I used to be so pleased with that. If I did not have that concern originally, who is aware of the place I’d be on the finish.”

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Lewis Hamilton opens up on 'horrible feeling' and explains why he almost quit Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton completed fifth within the Spanish GP (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

Mercedes had contacted each drivers via crew radio urging them to coast on the finish of the race to make sure they might end. Slowing down compelled Hamilton to drop a place to fifth however was nonetheless a double-points end for the Silver Arrows. 

The German producer has seen a resurgence this weekend and have regarded on the tempo of the leaders all weekend. They have been solely a few tenths slower than Crimson Bull and Ferrari as they draw back from the midfield battle. 

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Lewis Hamilton opens up on 'horrible feeling' and explains why he almost quit Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton made contact with Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap of the race (Picture: Twitter / F1)

Hamilton now lies sixth within the standings, 64 factors behind new chief Max Verstappen.

Crew-mate George Russell picked up his second Mercedes podium with a third-placed end. The end result maintains his document of ending within the high 5 at each Grand Prix and ensures he stays within the title struggle. 

The 24-year-old now sits simply 36 factors behind Verstappen within the drivers’ standings.

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