French GP: Lewis Hamilton hails ‘unimaginable’ greatest results of 2022 with Mercedes ‘on proper path’


Lewis Hamilton, in his 300th F1 race, completed second behind Max Verstappen in French GP, with George Russell third regardless of Mercedes’ tempo deficit; The season continues subsequent weekend with the Hungarian GP, all dwell on Sky Sports activities F1

Final Up to date: 24/07/22 6:04pm


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Lewis Hamilton praises the Mercedes crew for an ‘unimaginable end result’ after ending in second place forward of George Russell in third.

Lewis Hamilton praises the Mercedes crew for an ‘unimaginable end result’ after ending in second place forward of George Russell in third.

Lewis Hamilton hailed an “unimaginable end result” on the French GP as he achieved his greatest end of the season in his milestone 300th Method 1 race.

Hamilton, beginning fourth, loved an important begin on Sunday after which sped away from Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez – whereas Charles Leclerc’s crash then elevated him proper behind Max Verstappen.

Whereas Hamilton could not keep on with Verstappen, with Mercedes nonetheless not in a position to match their rivals and nonetheless ready for that elusive first victory of the season, the second-place end was his better of 2022 and continued his podium streak.

“What a day and weekend,” Hamilton informed Sky Sports activities F1. “I am so happy with the crew, that is an unimaginable end result.

“Successful races and getting outcomes like this, it is about the entire package deal.

“After all, we all know that we do not have fairly the tempo of the 2 groups forward however reliability is a large elementary a part of the method. I am so happy with my crew for having the reliability that we do have.”

Charles Leclerc leads Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton up to third.

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Charles Leclerc leads Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton as much as third.

Charles Leclerc leads Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton as much as third.

Hamilton was eight-tenths off pole on Saturday however solely 10s off Verstappen in Sunday’s race. George Russell ensured an important day for Mercedes by ending third and grabbing the crew’s first double podium of the 12 months.

“What an important end result,” added Hamilton. “George did an important job at the moment as properly and to get second and third is absolutely particular for us.

“We have been anticipating to be a little bit extra aggressive however even within the race, it was nice that I used to be simply in a position to preserve [Perez] behind and at bay and what an important job George did to get by him.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, in the meantime, praised Hamilton: “He’s completely on it. He retains pushing the crew, has a constructive mindset and even when the times are actually grim, like yesterday after we have been 9 tenths off, he by no means stops pushing.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team effort was great as they secured their first double podium of the season.

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Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff says the crew effort was nice as they secured their first double podium of the season.

Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff says the crew effort was nice as they secured their first double podium of the season.

Mercedes on ‘proper path’, embracing being the ‘hunters’

Hamilton admitted in Sunday night time’s press convention he might solely sustain with Verstappen for “two laps”, with a win by no means wanting possible, whereas he expanded on Mercedes’ constructive steps.

“The start of the 12 months was – not depressing as a result of it might at all times be means worse – however from a driver’s perspective, understanding this automotive was so complicated, we have been attempting so many various issues,” he defined. “Trusting the machine beneath you actually held us again.

“To now be ready the place we’re beginning to perceive the automotive, and we’re seeing extra consistency, has given us rather more of an gratifying drive. We nonetheless lack efficiency, however we are able to make small chips, consistently simply chipping away.

George Russell catches Sergio Perez sleeping at the restart and is up in to the podium places.

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George Russell catches Sergio Perez sleeping on the restart and is up in to the rostrum locations.

George Russell catches Sergio Perez sleeping on the restart and is up in to the rostrum locations.

“Perhaps one massive week will come at one stage and we’ll be proper there.”

Russell, who handed Perez late on, stated Mercedes have been now on the “proper path”.

“Max, for positive, was simply cruising till the top. So, if we need to combat for victories, we nonetheless want to search out extra efficiency, however I believe as a crew we really feel like we’re on the proper path now.

“I believe we now have a transparent route of the place we have to go along with our improvement. It is a actually good thing in itself, it doesn’t suggest that we are able to really obtain extra efficiency however not less than we consider if we go on this route, we are going to discover extra efficiency. I believe that post-summer break, it is going to be thrilling.”

Wolff warned that the crew wanted to “keep humble”.

George Russell says that Mercedes are on the right path now and he is excited about where they will be after the summer break.

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George Russell says that Mercedes are on the proper path now and he’s enthusiastic about the place they are going to be after the summer time break.

George Russell says that Mercedes are on the proper path now and he’s enthusiastic about the place they are going to be after the summer time break.

“Our automotive is simply not good for the time being to combat with the fellows in entrance; I am at all times a little bit bit pessimistic as a result of I must be,” he stated.

“We’re simply missing six or seven tenths to the leaders and while we now have stabilised within the race and Verstappen hadn’t been gaining extra floor, he was additionally taking care of his tyres.

“Total, the crew effort was nice, the drivers did a extremely good job. George was intelligent and quick, Lewis was the lion who was simply at all times there. We’re doing the utmost for the time being on race day.

“Generally we have been speaking about what would occur if we’re not profitable once more and the way we’d get well? We had some actually tough instances in the beginning of the 12 months, however in a means we now have all set into the state of affairs that we’re the ‘hunters’ now. “





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