The closing laps of the United States GP were heart-pounding, but Lewis Hamilton was unable to make a serious attempt to overtake Max Verstappen’s race. The Mercedes driver explains why his attack was unsuccessful.
Lewis Hamilton suspects that disrupted airflows and overheated tires prevented him from winning at the Circuit of the Americas. The Mercedes driver came quite close to title rival Max Verstappen in the final phase of the race , but it was not possible to overtake. In the end Hamilton finished just over a second away from the Dutchman.
Asked by SkySports why it was so difficult to overtake Verstappen, Hamilton explains that it was more difficult than it sometimes seems. A few laps before the end of the race, he approached the Dutchman at over a second per lap, but then it stopped. “The dirty air and the overheating of my tires were the problem,” said the British driver.
“Nevertheless, it was a great race,” he continues. “I thought we could win, but we just have to wait until the next opportunity.” Hamilton does not think that Mercedes could have made a difference for him on a strategic level. “I don’t know, at least it didn’t seem like that. I gave everything, but Red Bull was faster all weekend.”
Hamilton saw a more stable rear end with the Red Bull cars. “They slid around a bit less than we did, although I was able to take the lead with a good start. I gave everything, but unfortunately I couldn’t convert it into a victory.” Hamilton’s next chance to hit back in the championship is at the Mexican Grand Prix, the first of the last five races to be held in 2021.