The weekend seemed to be perfect for Lewis Hamilton . Good sensations in the free practice, first position in the starting line and leading the race in the first laps. But it was that fateful pit stop on lap 17 , which made happiness a nightmare.
“In the race we suffered a bit with the tires, I had to get in before I got out of the race, we stopped and we were behind a Red Bull,” said the Briton in the interview on the podium.
He kept pace, but found himself behind Max Verstappen . That was when the team told him that going to the Dutch was risky, to which Lewis Hamilton replied: “I do not know how they expect me to do it . “
“We are having problems with the grip, Sebastian was able to always respond to the pace, and most of the time achieved faster lap times,” he explained. But it was “almost at the end” , where the Mercedes driver was “traffic and the tires overheated and we had problems gripping. The gap was closing and I was slower . “
A gripping problem that left Lewis vulnerable to the fight against Vettel , but in the end “has been a very good race, and very well done by the team, which has achieved a good number of points.”