“I don’t lie, I don’t have something to cover” – Lewis Hamilton has his say on ‘stealing’ Portuguese GP pole from Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton is in a league of his personal in the intervening time. He claimed one more pole yesterday at Portimao, the 97th of his profession. If he manages to transform that right into a win at present, he’ll break Michael Schumacher’s document of 91 race victories in F1.
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His teammate Valtteri Bottas, in the meantime, has fittingly earned the moniker of “Mr. Friday”. The Finn has completed P1 in seven consecutive FP1 classes now. If that was not sufficient, he clean-sweeped observe heading into Saturday’s qualifying, solely to be overwhelmed proper on the finish by Hamilton. Bottas additionally clean-sweeped observe at
Hamilton, when requested if he ‘hid’ one thing in observe solely to point out his true colors in qualifying had a crisp reply. He additionally admitted attempting that out in F3, nevertheless it by no means actually labored in his favour.
“I don’t lie, I don’t have something to cover, I don’t maintain something again.”
“I’ve by no means personally felt that that’s labored. I keep in mind once I was youthful and in decrease classes some folks tried doing that stuff. However I keep in mind attempting it once I was in System 3, or one thing like that, and it by no means ended nicely in order that’s by no means been one thing that was a part of my philosophy.”
Lewis Hamilton explains his method on a race weekend
Lewis additionally spoke about what it takes to have a profitable F1 Grand Prix weekend. He expressed happiness at how this weekend has gone, particularly with Bottas topping the charts in observe. Like in most races wherein the Brit has topped in qualifying, he’s anticipated to win at present. With the championship nearly carried out and dusted, the battle to be careful for is between Bottas and Max Verstappen.
“It’s like constructing a wall – you set one brick, the subsequent, the subsequent and also you simply proceed to enhance all through.
“I typically assume I’ve been driving very well all weekend. I’ve been actually pleased with my performances by means of observe however he (Bottas) has all the time been on the prime.
“So I actually needed to simply proceed to dig and to imagine that I may ultimately get there. Coming throughout the road and getting the pole, it was a fantastic feeling, naturally, as a result of I actually needed to work my socks off for it.”