In his fight with Max Verstappen at the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton sounded ‘forlorn.’


In his fight with Max Verstappen at the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton sounded ‘forlorn.’

During the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, Damon Hill claims the seven-time world champion sounded “forlorn.”

Lewis Hamilton sounded “forlorn” on the radio, according to Damon Hill, after learning that he was running P3 in third practice, nearly seven tenths behind Sergio Perez’s Red Bull.

Peter Bonnington, Hamilton’s race engineer, was overheard telling the reigning champion that he was “P3 right now,” adding that he was “Six-and-a-half tenths to Perez.”

“Six-and-a-half tenths?” Hamilton asked, his voice dejected over the Mercedes team radio.

With a 1:17.024, Perez topped the final practice session ahead of qualifying, with teammate Max Verstappen just over a tenth behind.

Hamilton, on the other hand, finished third, 0.651s behind championship leader and main title rival Verstappen.

Hill believes that Red Bull’s advantage in Mexico is influencing the seven-time world champion.

“He [Hamilton] sounded a little forlorn, didn’t he?” said the 1996 World Champion after third practice on Sky Sports F1.

“With his radio comments and comments on the distance between himself and his title rival.

“[He] isn’t looking so hot, but then again, neither was Max’s lap.”

He was dissatisfied with his performance at the time, but Sergio must be overjoyed.”

Perez set the fastest time in front of his home crowd at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with Verstappen only 0.193s behind.

Hill praised the Mexican’s ability to get his tyres warm.

“He [Perez] hadn’t been out and done a time,” Hill added.

He then completed a slow recharge lap before recording his time on his third lap with the tyres.

“As a result, the tyres appear to be quite durable, and heat build-up in the tyres may be important.”

If Verstappen and Perez take the top two spots, Red Bull may have a headache on their hands.

Verstappen is locked in a tight title battle with Lewis Hamilton, while Perez, who is currently fourth in the standings, is hoping to impress a home crowd.

However, team manager Christian Horner is undecided about what they will do on race day on Sunday.

“I suppose we’ll end up in that situation, so it’ll be a lovely headache to have,” Horner told F1.

“We’ve had some great receptions at races this year, but coming into the circuit this morning outside the hotel, arriving at the airport, we had a great reception.”

“I’m referring to the fact that Mexicans are passionate about their country.

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