Lewis Hamilton pleased with his first win in this season

Subsequent the confusion which was the Red Bull crash and following aftermath in Sunday race in Turkey, Hamilton like his first race win of the season, passing the line ahead of team-mate Jenson Button to celebrate his first win since Singapore previous year. Following being able to fatefully split the Red Bull pair in qualifying, Hamilton lost second place to Sebastian Vettel at the first curve before retaking the place just moments later, following leader Webber until falling to third courtesy of a pit-stop problem.

“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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