Lewis Hamilton admitted Mercedes didn’t get their tyre strategy right in the Mexican Grand Prix after being beaten to victory by Max Verstappen.
“I’m not sure it was the right tyre in the end,” admitted Hamilton, who revealed he did not want to start the race on the medium compound. “I thought we should have started on the soft but obviously we had the opposite tyre [to Verstappen].
“It was okay in the first stint but that hard was just so offset.”
Hamilton was able to keep Verstappen within sight over the opening stint and led briefly after Verstappen pitted. “I was so close in that first stint,” he said, “but I think the Red Bull is just clearly too fast today. And ultimately maybe they had the better tyre strategy.”
Hamilton was able to beat Sergio Perez to second place, after the Red Bull driver had a slow pit stop. “Congratulations to Max and it’s great to be up here and separate the two,” he said.
“This has been an amazing crowd. Definitely a bit awkward this time round – boos all day. But nonetheless I have so much love for Mexico and for the people here. And what a great race and event they’ve put on this weekend.”
Hamilton’s fourth second place finish moves him up to fifth place in the drivers’ championship, overtaking Carlos Sainz Jnr.
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