Triple-time Formula 1 world champion and 2017 title contender Lewis Hamilton struggled entire the Russian Grand Prix due to an overheating engine throughout the race and its limited him a uncompetitive race and made with fourth place behind the Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and 30 seconds behind race winner and team-mate Valtteri Bottas,
The Brit is now 13 points adrift of World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and just 10 points ahead Valtteri Bottas, who made first F1 career victory at Sochi.
“I’ve not had that for… I don’t remember the last time I had that,” Hamilton told reporters in Sochi after the race. “It just meant I was out of the race already from the get-go.”
“I wasn’t able to stay in the battle. I think I had the pace to fight with Kimi [Raikkonen] but the car was just overheating all the time. For sure we’ll go back to the drawing board and try to figure it out. I think ultimately if I’d had better pace then I would have been further up. But even so hopefully got some points at least for the team.”
The Champ said he could take some pleasure from the fact his team mate had won. “That’s what the goal for the team is. It’s great that we’re in front of the Ferraris, it’s stopped Sebastian [Vettel] pulling away super-far. I’m just hopeful that in the next races maybe I’ll be able to pick up the pace.”
“For me, once I got around the first couple of laps I was basically stuck where I was,” he added.
“I don’t know whether I would have been able to make a big difference moving forwards or not. We definitely had the pace to be with the back but ultimately positioning was everything.”
Lewis also praised his team-mate Bottas for doing “an exceptional job all weekend. He believes he figured out where he had gone wrong during the grand prix. “I think through the race I understood it,” Hamilton said. “Speed-wise I think I know where it is.” the Brit added.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 30, 2017