“I definitely didn’t brake-test Sebastian,” explained Lewis. “I controlled the pace under the Safety Car and, just like with the other restarts, I slowed down in the same place on the entry to T15. At that point, it is up to me to control the pace and then I felt a bump from behind. But that wasn’t the issue for me – everybody saw clearly what happened after.
“All the young kids in other series look up to us, as champions, to set an example and that is not the behaviour you expect to see from a multiple champion. But we know that when times get tough, true colours show, and we have managed to apply some good pressure in the last weeks. Personally, I want to do my talking on the track and win this championship in the right way. More than ever after this weekend, I believe we can.”
After a crazy race, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was happy to come away with a strong haul of points and has already set his sights on striking back in Austria.
“When the winner was at one point in P17, and the guy in second was a lap down and last after lap two, then you know it's been a crazy day,” said Toto. “Our big picture from today is that we extended our lead in the constructors' championship by 16 points and confirmed we have a very fast race car.