“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get the win”– Lewis Hamilton apologizes to his home support, who came to support him at Silverstone.
Since his starting days, Lewis Hamilton has been receiving mammoth support from the fans in Silverstone, even though Formula 1 has never been short of British drivers in the last decade.
In the turbo-hybrid era, Hamilton has only lost two races and won the rest of them; but on Saturday, when it seemed he could win the first-ever sprint race in F1, he got outplayed by Max Verstappen.
But Hamilton had many supporters in the stands, who expected a win today, but the Brit felt short and apologized. However, the main race day is left, and Hamilton is in P2 start, where it could be up for grabs.
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“I gave it everything today. I have to give a lot of love to all these fans, I can’t tell you the energy that I’m getting from everyone, the support means everything. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get the win in the Sprint, but tomorrow we try again,” he said to the SkySports.
“I hit the target on my start, it’s just not good when you lose from P1. We’ll try to turn the negative into a positive tomorrow.”
I don’t know how to stop Max Verstappen.
Hamilton is constantly asserting that Red Bull has managed to take a step ahead of Mercedes this year, as the Milton-Keynes based team is leading the championship with a 44-point gap.
“Every point counts, but I’m grateful to have finished. Tomorrow we’ll fight again, but they’re just so strong, in the race he was pulling away. There was nothing I could do to hold onto him. We really have to try and be in front somehow. I wish we could re-do the start again, but luckily we have it again tomorrow.”
Despite the defeat to Verstappen, Hamilton thinks the weekend has been amazing for him, and he also liked the change brought by the sprint races and demands more experiments to make F1 more enjoyable.
“I don’t know how it was to watch for the fans. I think this weekend’s been awesome in terms of yesterday, it was such a fun day to have qualifying on a 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.”