Lewis Hamilton: "We win as a team and lose as a team"

The Briton came third in the Turkish GP, but finished fifth and lost first place in the tournament.

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El Turkish Grand Prix de F1 it didn't end like english Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was waiting. After starting eleventh for one penalty motivated by changing the combustion engine of her power unit, she came in third, but finally finished fifth and thus lost the first place of the tournament at the hands of the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull).

Hamilton took the race in stride. At the start he kept eleventh place, although he took advantage of the incident between the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) to win a place in the first corner with the two-time champion's off-piste.

Lewis Hamilton
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In the second lap he beat the German Sabastian vettel (Aston Martin) and that's when he ran into the Japanese Yuki tsunoda (AlphaTauri). He got to put the car on par, but the fierceness of the Japanese made him take his foot off the gas.

He was only able to beat him to eighth place on the eighth lap with a big overshoot at turn 2. Tsunoda thought he was going to throw the car inside the curve, but the multiple champion chose the back sector of the track and overcame it with extremely easy.

After getting Tusnoda off his back, Hamilton easily passed the Canadian. Lance stroll (Aston Martin), in the 9th turn; and his compatriot Lando Norris (McLaren), in the eleventh.

A string of lap records allowed the 44th Black Arrow driver to get close to Gasly, on whom he thought a five-second penalty for touching Alonso. He overcame it on lap 13 and there he went in search of the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), entrenched in fourth place since the start of the competition.

On lap 35 the two were even on par for several laps, but Hamilton failed to overtake Checo. The champion had to wait for the 38th lap to earn fourth place by taking advantage of his entry into the pits to change tires.

The arrest of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) allowed him to move up to third place with seven laps remaining to the checkered flag. With his tires in critical condition, Mercedes called him to the pits, which he did after some hesitation. The multiple champion managed to reach the end, but lost the chance to make the podium.

"I'm frustrated. When I got to third place I thought I could hang on and get a good result after starting eleventh. Strategy calls in conditions like these can be very difficult. Naturally I'm a risk taker and, being third, I was aiming to miss my stop when everyone pitted for new intermediates in hopes that I could get a chance to switch to slicks later and win some good positions. "Hamilton explained.

“But the team called me and you have to trust your team, accept the decisions they make and hope it is the right one; like I always say, we win as a team and we lose as a team. Overall the car was great this weekend and Valtteri (Bottas) did a great job today. If we can continue to perform like this during the next races, we will be in a good position at the end of the season. ", finished the Briton, who arrived in Istanbul with two points of advantage over Verstappen and left the Turkish track with six less than the Red Bull driver.

 

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