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‘We are still the best team’, says Hamilton after Mercedes beat São Paulo 1-2

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Lewis Hamilton mentioned Mercedes’ one-two on the Sao Paulo GP is a “huge increase” to his hopes of returning to the title battle in 2023, because the seven-time champion additionally addressed his collision with Max Verstappen at the beginning of Sunday’s race.

In Brazil, Hamilton completed second behind teammate George Russell because the 24-year-old claimed his first Grand Prix win and Mercedes’ first victory of the season. The seven-time champion mentioned it was a “dream” end result as he recapped his week in São Paulo – which made him an honorary Brazilian citizen earlier than the race at Interlagos.

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“It was a tremendous day, a tremendous weekend and truly per week total – so many superb experiences beginning on Monday, and that is actually a dream come true for the entire staff. I feel everybody actually deserves this superb end result.”

Hamilton added: “It is crucial factor for us to have this end result, it is a huge morale increase for the entire staff – in winter the staff is aware of we’re heading in the right direction.

“And we’re nonetheless the very best staff, and we will have that extra [consistently] subsequent 12 months and I’m excited for that, to have this battle.”

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Hamilton, nevertheless, nervous that his race would finish after a collision with Max Verstappen, which occurred at the beginning of the Security Automotive restart, which additionally noticed Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc collide. Norris and Verstappen acquired five-second penalties for separate incidents.

“All I believed at that second… was that I must retire, as a result of I felt one thing; the rear wasn’t feeling the identical after that and to me it was like, ‘I’ll lose the staff by a one-two’, and that is all I might take into consideration.

“Driving on the grass and on the observe, all I might take into consideration was, ‘How can I give the staff this unimaginable end result once more?’ For me, it isn’t the way you fall, it is the way you rise up. I am proud and large congratulations to George,” Hamilton mentioned.

READ MORE: Russell takes first victory with Hamilton behind Mercedes 1-2 in Sao Paulo

The runner-up added that he had “no worries” about racing Verstappen after right now’s collision, on the identical observe the place Hamilton and Verstappen had an uphill battle for victory on the 2021 Sao Paulo GP.

He mentioned: “I haven’t got any worries, I feel. I feel it is pure once you’re profitable… that you simply turn into a goal, however that is okay. It’s nothing I haven’t handled earlier than, so…”

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