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Hamilton reveals why he was beaten in Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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  1. Mercy

    Mercy New Member

    Lewis Hamilton has said he was “too friendly in Turn 1” towards his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and that cost him the win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

    Bottas and Hamilton finished ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel for a Mercedes one-two which marked the team’s fourth consecutive one-two finish this season.

    That set an all-time record for the Niki Lauda-led team who were comfortably able to ward off any kind of challenge from nearest rivals Ferrari.

    It means Mercedes are the first ever team to begin an F1 season with such dominance, having broken a record set by Williams in 1992.

    The Azerbaijan Grand Prix saw Mercedes bolster their tally in the constructors' standings to 173 points, with Ferrari a mammoth 74 points off the lead in second place.

    Bottas’ win also saw the Finnish racer leapfrog Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings, with the 29-year-old holding a one point lead over his team-mate.

    That slender lead is courtesy of the point Bottas earned for driving the fastest lap at the Australian Grand Prix. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel is 35 points off the lead.

    “I was too friendly in Turn 1 and basically gave it to him,” Hamilton said of Bottas’ victory, “but he drove a fantastic race, made no mistakes and so he deserved the win this weekend.”

    Hamilton also went on to mention how hard it can be to focus on both his individual interests and what is best for his Mercedes team as a whole.

    “It’s very difficult,” said the reigning F1 champion. “Ultimately, you always have to remember when you’re a team as a big as this, you’re only one.

    “Selfishly, I could have pushed a lot harder, I could have gained, he could have lost and maybe lost to Ferrari.

    “So while I wanted to overtake, I had to be cautious so we could block the front row. We did that and sometimes that sacrifice, you have to make if you want to win.”

    In terms of any rivalry between the team-mates, Hamilton insists that is not the case as the two continue their battle for the F1 title.

    “Valtteri [and I], we’ve always had respect for each other. We discussed it before race. We’re real gentlemen.”

    Both Hamilton and Bottas have won two races each so far this season and will be looking to make it three when the Spanish Grand Prix begins in Barcelona on May 12.

    Hamilton will have fond memories of the track after he won last year’s edition of the race, finishing ahead of Bottas in a move the British driver will be eager to repeat.
     

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