Following Max Verstappen’s pole position in the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has a sprint remorse.
Max Verstappen took pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
After Max Verstappen claimed pole position for Sunday’s British Grand Prix with victory in a historic maiden qualifying race at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton says he wishes he could’redo the start’ of Saturday’s sprint race.
Despite the Dutchman’s front left brakes catching fire while waiting for the lights to go out in front of the Briton’s home crowd, Verstappen overtook Hamilton at the start of the race with a faster drive off the line.
Despite Hamilton’s valiant efforts, the championship leader gradually extended his lead over the 36-year-old, as he dominated the race and picked up championship points to expand his lead to 33. He will now start the British Grand Prix from pole position.
On lap 12, the Briton was heard on the radio requesting extra power from the team as he attempted to claw back any time lost to Verstappen, whose tyres were blistering.
But it wasn’t enough, and Verstappen extended his lead with victory on Saturday, with Hamilton finishing second and adding two points to his total, and teammate Bottas adding a point from third.
“I gave it my all today,” Hamilton remarked immediately after the race. “First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to all of these fans; the energy that I’m receiving from everyone is incredible, and their support means the world to me. I’m sad I wasn’t able to win sprint one, but we’ll battle again tomorrow.
“I nailed target on my start; it’s not nice to lose P1; nevertheless, we’ll attempt to turn the negative into a positive tomorrow.”
“Every point counts, but I’m grateful to finish; they’re just so strong in the race, and there was nothing I could do to keep up with him when he pulled away.
“So we’ve got to try and get in front of them somehow; they’ve done a fantastic job with their engine; their starts are fantastic; we’ve lost a little performance on our stuff, so we’ve got to work a little more to try and improve that because losing positions is never a good thing.
Due to Hamilton’s poor start, Verstappen was given the ideal opportunity to take the lead. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”