Lewis Hamilton said he was not defeatist after fighting back from the back of the grid to finish fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Hamilton started the Spanish Grand Prix in sixth place on the grid, but he plummeted to the back of the race after colliding with Magnussen at Turn 4 on the first lap, forcing him to pit.
Hamilton radioed Mercedes engineer Pete Bonnington shortly after returning to the track in 19th place to recommend that the team spare the engine on his vehicle. Bonnington told Hamilton that the team's predictions suggested an eighth-place result or better was conceivable, therefore they should keep going.
After a series of strong stints, Hamilton finished fifth in the race, only losing fourth to Carlos Sainz due to a water leak in the closing stages.
When asked if his decision to save the engine was defeatist, Hamilton responded, "It wasn't defeatist, it was just I was actually 30 seconds behind."
He expressed his apprehension about having to "use an entire engine to drive around in last or out of the top 15, and at some time we could have to accept a penalty or something like that."
Hamilton also mentioned his attempts to get back into the top 10 in Jeddah after dropping out in Q1 as an example of how difficult it can be to catch up.
"I'm not sure if dependability is a problem," Hamilton remarked. "As we saw today, there was something at the end." I was thinking, "Why don't we just save the engine and fight another day?"
"But I'm pleased we didn't, because it just goes to show that you should never give up, and that's exactly what I did."
Hamilton's comeback bolstered his belief that Mercedes has made substantial progress with its W13 car since bringing a slew of modifications to Barcelona geared at resolving the porpoising issue that has plagued the team so far this season.
The breakthrough, according to the seven-time world champion, was a good step forward following a challenging period that included a few unpleasant situations early in the season.
"It's been challenging all around since the last race of the year," Hamilton remarked. “To then have the difficulties that we had with the car, to have constant knock backs with certain issues, safety cars and all sort of things, [there has] just not really [been] much fortune.
"But [we] keep getting back on the horse, pushing forward, never giving up." To start the race today positive, and then have that problem [at the start] but then to come back, it felt a lot like some of the olden days, older races that I’ve done.
"That feels incredible to me."
He tweeted on Monday evening to show his enthusiasm:
Aston Martin's upgraded AMR22 endured a tough start to life at the Spanish Grand Prix, the team coming home without points for the fourth time in six races this year
The upgraded Aston Martin AMR22 had a difficult start to life at the Spanish Grand Prix, with the team finishing without points for the fourth time in six races this season after both drivers failed to qualify.
Vettel was given a challenging two-stop strategy by the team, with the German going the longest on the soft compound tyre in the first stint of the race.
Vettel climbed into the top ten, but he couldn't maintain his position once his strategy was exhausted, and he finished 11th.
"In the end, I don't think it made a significant difference."
"It was a difficult race," the Canadian stated, "albeit it was basically concluded by my collision with Pierre when I overtook him."
Ferrari has played down the significance of Mercedes' performance in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
The W13's performance caused Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff to declare that the team had the fastest race vehicle on Sunday and that the team's confidence in its ability to win the championship this year had been revived.
However, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto claims that Mercedes' competitive performance must be viewed in context, and that the German carmaker is still no faster than the Maranello outfit was in 2021.
They finished 30 seconds or more behind Red Bull, and Charles [Leclerc] could have been 40 seconds behind them.
Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto Alexander Trienitz took the photo. While Binotto isn't getting too excited about Mercedes' current position, Red Bull is aware of the Brackley-based team's potential.
"I think it illustrates how rapidly things can swing," Horner remarked of the turnaround between Red Bull and Ferrari.
Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn insists Lewis Hamilton has no intention of retiring
Ross Brawn, the managing director of Formula One, does not believe Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time World Champion, is considering retirement.
However, a poor performance from his Mercedes W13 during the first six rounds has put him out of contention for the championship, with the Briton currently ranked P6 in the standings.
Brawn, on the other hand, feels Hamilton is still focused on winning his seventh championship, which would put him above of Michael Schumacher.
I'm very sure he wants to win his seventh championship, if not this year, then next year, as seems inevitable.
"That's the message I'm getting from the team, whereas George is taking a more traditional route...
and Lewis is attempting to address the issue.
Traffic problems at the Spanish Grand Prix
Formula One has encouraged officials at the Spanish Grand Prix to resolve major traffic issues that emerged over the weekend in Barcelona.
The race was nearly sold out over the weekend, with over 120,000 spectators flocking to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
This caused major traffic congestion as fans attempted to leave the circuit, while the neighbouring Montmelo train station experienced an unexpectedly large number of passengers, causing considerable delays in returning to Barcelona city centre.
"The massive number of supporters at this event both inside and outside the circuit generated traffic concerns for the fans," Formula 1 said in a statement.
The popularity of the Spanish Grand Prix has grown in recent seasons, with the devoted 'Orange Army' of Max Verstappen followers slowly increasing in Barcelona year after year, along with the appeal of having two home heroes in Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz.
Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix is at risk of being axed from the calendar, reports say
According to reports, Formula One's prestigious race in Monaco is in danger of being dropped off the schedule, amid concerns that the event has starting to lose its lustre.
The Sun reports that the sport may have outgrown the circuit.
The scenario is made even more perplexing by the fact that Monaco does not pay F1 any fees for the right to conduct a race on a yearly basis.
Because the season is now limited to only 24 races, it is possible that the famed harbourside motor race will be dropped from the schedule.
According to the Sun, F1 wanted to keep the race despite the deteriorated circuit since contracts were typically settled upon over dinner in the principality.