Hamilton blames own driving style for not getting a better result

Hamilton blames own driving style for not getting a better result

17 September - 16:23 Last update: 16:46

Lewis Hamilton took third at the Singapore Grand Prix after a very respectable drive, but he believed that Mercedes had the pace to fight for a win and said that he "should have been on the pole on Saturday."

It has been an up-and-down year for Hamilton and Mercedes, but updates throughout the season mean they have been challenging Ferarri in that tight battle behind the flying Red Bulls. However, throughout the weekend in Singapore, the Red Bull pair of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have lacked pace, opening the door for Hamilton and Mercedes.

But speaking to Sky Sports after his P3 finish, Hamilton was disappointed that he could not push Ferarri for the victory, which ended up going to Carlos Sainz, and questioned his own driving style during qualifying sessions. "It's not just the car. I mean, George was able to put it on the front row. It's just me. It's my driving style and the changes I'm making. It's a lot of different things. I just need to look into that, and I will. I'll naturally keep my head down and keep pushing. I'm not satisfied until I get back there."

He was also asked whether he thought victory was on offer today, to which he responded by saying, "It's all in hindsight, but the thing I was most disappointed about is that yes, I do think we could have been. I mean, George was so close to pole yesterday. I should have been on pole yesterday. But we had a good race. The race was kind of textbook, and the team did a great job with the strategy."

Hamilton continued by saying, "I was in my element all race. Qualifying just needs to be better. Goerge was great all weekend, but I think as a team, we risked it at the end and took that chance, and I love that the team was doing that. We just need another five or ten laps, and I think we would have got them [Ferrari]."

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