“It was quite exciting, actually!” Hamilton said in the post-race press conference. “We had good race pace; we knew we would be able to stay with the Red Bulls but they’re so fast in Turn 8, so it’s difficult to slipstream, but otherwise I was on Mark’s tail. I had a little problem at the pit-stop, so it was double problem.” Having seen the Red Bulls go off in front of him, Hamilton then fended off Button in their own inter-team piece just seven laps later.
“I’m not sure what happened with these guys but me and Jenson had a good little battle and fortunately was able to come back into Turn 1,” Lewis continued, having also had to monitor his fuel levels. “It was definitely unexpected but a great result for the team. A perfect way to celebrate.
“We were pushing very hard with the Red Bulls and it was a combination of looking after brakes and tyres – Turn 8 was a killer – and also looking after fuel, so it was difficult to know how much fuel to save.”
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