Lewis Hamilton said he was disappointed to finish second to Max Verstappen in today’s sprint qualifying race after being beaten off the line by the Red Bull driver.Max Verstappen and finished the race behind the Red Bull driver.
Hamilton said he “gave it everything” during the 17-lap sprint and apologised to fans in the 100,000-strong crowd at Silverstone that he wasn’t able to deliver the result he had started qualifying with.
Explaining his slow move off the grid, Hamilton said “I hit target on my start. It’s just not good when you lose from P1 but we will try and turn a negative into a positive tomorrow.”
“I’m grateful to have finished,” he added. “And tomorrow we’ll fight again.”
“But I mean, [Red Bull are] just so strong in the race. He was pulling away, there was nothing I could do to hold onto him. So we’ve really got to try and be in front somehow.”
Hamilton believes Red Bull have made gains with their starts this season, compared to Mercedes.
“They’ve done a great job with their engine, their starts are really great this year,” he said. “We’ve lost a bit of performance on our start, so we’ve got to work a bit harder to try and improve that because losing positions is never a great thing.”
Verstappen increased his lead over Hamilton in the championship by one point in today’s qualifying sprint, but Hamilton has the chance to make amends in tomorrow’s grand prix.
“I wish we could redo the start again,” he added. “Luckily, we have it tomorrow.”
Despite his disappointment at the result, he praised Formula 1’s experiment with a change of format, despite having been pessimistic of its chances of success before the weekend.
“I don’t know how it was to watch for the fans. I think this weekend has been awesome, yesterday was such a fun day to have qualifying on the Friday, way more enjoyable.
“I don’t know whether that was the most exciting race or not, but we should do more like that, maybe a different version of it in future, because this makes the weekend more enjoyable, I think.”
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