Shortly after the start, Lewis Hamilton made contact with Kevin Magnussen, resulting in a flat tire for the Mercedes driver. “I was on the race line and on the inside. He came out of nowhere and hit me,” Hamilton said. “He came from behind and hit me. I can’t say much more about that. It is what it is.” The Brit dived and came back on track in 19th place. A little later he asked his team if it wouldn’t be better to stop and save the engine. His engineer ordered him to continue because P8 was still possible. At the end of a long race he had worked his way up to fourth, but a water leak forced Hamilton to hold off on the final laps, which dropped him to fifth.
“I was literally thirty seconds behind,” Hamilton replies when asked if he wants to retire because he was basically out of the race. “Then why would I use a power source to be last or just outside the top 15 and risk a penalty later because I don’t know if poor reliability is a factor for us. We saw that at the end today something was going on. I was thinking about saving the bike so we can fight on it in another race. I’m glad we didn’t. You should never give up, and in the end I didn’t either.”
In the end, Hamilton fought his way up to P5. “It felt good to come back. I’m glad the team gave me positive feedback. The car was strong and our pace is getting closer to the drivers at the front. That’s great. It was bad. It’s a shame that I got that.” a flat tyre, but I didn’t give up,” Hamilton said shortly afterwards Sky Sports† In the closing stages of the race, the Englishman was asked to slow down, but to this day he doesn’t know why. “I could only step on the gas at half throttle on the straights. As a result, I had to cool the car. It was important to get a lot of clean and cool air to the engine.”
After a strong race to catch up, Hamilton got into a duel with Ferrari driver Sainz, but had to give fourth place back to the Spaniard a little later due to his team’s orders. “That was really disappointing. Especially when you see where I come from,” continues the seven-time F1 champion. “At some point I was thirty seconds behind, then you’re really driving in no man’s land. It’s a terrible feeling, but we kept going. At one point you said P8 was still doable, this position doesn’t exactly feel like a good result. But I thought: At least then I’ll get into the points. Then I fought for P4, I was very happy with that.”
Mercedes came to Barcelona with a new package of upgrades and have solved porpoises on the straights. It only bothers Hamilton and George Russell in the curves. “But it wasn’t as bad as before. We will certainly solve this in the coming period, ”said Hamilton, who then looks back on his incident with Magnussen. “Assuming that hadn’t happened, who knows where I might have ended up.”