Hamilton proud of second place

19 April 2021 20:40:56 GMTPlus10

Lewis Hamilton berated himself for being "too impatient" at Imola on Sunday before admitting real pride in recovering from a spin to snatch second place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The world champion's race looked like it had been run when he skidded off into the gravel after a pit stop to change tyres.

Hamilton's Mercedes had initially looked stuck with the Briton staring at a first race retirement since 2018 while title rival Max Verstappen bolted off into the distance.

But Hamilton managed to get enough purchase in reverse gear to get his car out of the gravel, pitted again for a new wing, and eventually rejoined the race in ninth.

And that was when the seven-time world champ showed all his class, producing a masterclass in picking off opponents one by one on a tricky, damp track to regain second place behind Versteppen.

The Dutchman would eventually lead Hamilton over the line in a reversal of the first race in Bahrain last month and provide further evidence that Formula One fans are set for a thrilling two-way battle for the title.

Hamilton had mixed feelings having started the race on pole but then spinning out and admitted afterwards the race had been a "roller-coaster".

"Obviously, I lost position to Max at the start which made it tricky, but then I was catching but there was only one line and I was probably a bit too impatient I would say, which is rare for me," Hamilton said of his spin-off to Sky Sports.

"But I refused in that moment to believe the race was over. Getting back into that second place – I just enjoyed it."

Round three takes place in Portugal on 2nd May with Hamilton 1.44 to go on and win a record eighth drivers' title and Verstappen 2.62 to win a first.

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