IN WORDS: I Could Have Won This Weekend – Lewis

IN WORDS: I Could Have Won This Weekend – Lewis

Lewis Hamilton says he could have won the Brazilian Grand Prix had it not been for his Qualifying accident, after a charging recovery drive to fourth.

'It was a good showing'

Lewis started the Brazilian Grand Prix from the pit lane but bounced back with a feisty fight up the field to finish right behind the podium trio.

"My goal was to try to recover from Saturday, to do myself proud and to do the team proud," the Brit said, after the race.

"You never really know whether or not you're going to be able to do that. You don't know if you're going to have the balance.

"Sometimes you get out there and you're just sliding around and you can't progress. Some days you can. I'm grateful that I was able to move forward, which is what I was hoping to do.

"It's definitely a good feeling to be fourth. But, with the speed I had, I could have won the race this weekend. It was a good showing, anyway."

'Fourth more than I hoped for'

Despite feeling his Qualifying crash cost him a 10th victory of 2017, Lewis admitted fourth place was a better result than he was expecting.  

"Somewhere around sixth or fifth. Many years ago I came from the back to fifth, so I thought there might be a chance of that," he explained.

"But, bearing in mind it was a one-stop, it's very, very difficult to make these tyres last the length. Vettel was only three seconds behind me, so he had a whole pit stop window, pretty much.

"It was a steep hill. I think I managed the tyres really well, to extend them out the way I did. I was leaning on them a lot more. It got a little bit tough towards the end of the first stint. In hindsight, maybe we should have come in before we hit that traffic.

"But, still, it was the best we could have done and more than I could have hoped for. Of course, third place looked like it was possible but unfortunately I didn't have any life left in the tyres."

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