Hamilton admits that team-mate Rosberg deserved the top podium at Interlagos as he was better in qualifying as well as during the race; even as the Brit says, it was a “relatively boring” race as he didn’t really have an opportunity to overtake German due to the nature of the track and the Mercedes’ stringent strategy policy.
“I had good pace but you can’t overtake here,” Hamilton said, “I was behind Nico and in traffic for some time, but I just killed my tyres. It’s a shame because it’s such a great track but you just can’t get close enough to race. I don’t know if there are other people overtaking but, unless you’ve got a huge advantage over the guy in front…
“Motorsport is about fine lines, about tenths of a second, but you can’t close enough within a tenth of a second to fight… it’s a shame because it would be good if we could have some overtaking here.”
Following few attacking attempts, Hamilton failed to overtake Rosberg and he asked his engineer “can you get me on a different strategy somehow?” adding “I’m faster but it’s impossible to overtake”.
But, Mercedes decided a stringent strategy policy for both drivers and they finished the race with three-stop plan.
“I’m here to race and when both of you have to do pretty much the same order it’s like it’s almost already set from the beginning,” he said.
“If there’s any other strategy, let’s do it. Let’s take a risk, let’s do whatever. They are like ‘look after the tyres’ and I’m like ‘no, I’m racing’ and I think that’s what people want to see. Unfortunately today I couldn’t get close enough to be able to really put on a great race so it was relatively boring following.”
Hamilton was high-minded to pay compliment to his team-mate’s latest form: “Nico has been driving fantastically well. He did a fantastic job in qualifying, especially in the last few races. Last race he drove fantastically well, today no mistakes so he’s doing well.”
Niki Lauda, Mercedes’ non-executive chairman, said: “Maybe Lewis has lost the need. Right now Nico is better.” It was the team’s 11th one-two result of the season, equaling their performance last year.
A short- note from Rosberg: “It went perfectly. Lewis put up a great challenge but I was able to control it. I’ve been working very hard because Lewis had the upper hand for most of he season.”