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Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton happy with 'decent job'

Lewis Hamilton said he was content with third place, but the Mercedes star projected a sense of relief at simply getting Spa done and in the books rather than delight at a significant podium.
After winning fourth consecutive pole position, Lewis Hamilton could be forgiven for feeling a little disappointed at only narrowly managing to hold on to a podium finish in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

But Hamilton himself admitted that he'd always been realistic about the situation coming into the weekend, and that the pole had been slightly flattering the Mercedes' form on the first race back after F1's summer holidays.

"I don't think we generally have the same pace as these guys, or at least, not necessarily the Ferraris but more so the Red Bulls," he said after the race. "They were both too fast for us today. It's the best we could have done. Yesterday, the weather helped us to get up to where we were.

"I'm really happy with the results. I'm happy with the result we had," he added. "I'm glad to see so many great fans here this weekend. They made the weekend."

But Hamilton admitted that it had hardly been the most exhilarating of races, even from inside the cockpit. "It was not particularly exciting or anything," he agreed. "It was pretty straightforward.

The key moment of the race for Hamilton came when he was unable to fend off Sebastian Vettel down the Kemmel straight on the first lap and was easily passed for the lead., which effectively decided the race result on the spot.

"Half-decent start and I felt like I got a good exit out of turn one," he recalled. "Sebastian just caught me massively, particularly through Eau Rouge. There was no defending really. I could only move once, so I moved once and just had to watch him glide by.

"After that it was very, very difficult to hold onto him," he said, before adding that he'd faced much the same situation minutes later when Fernando Alonso's Ferrari briefly loomed in his rear view mirrors. "When Fernando came by, particularly down the straights, he was just pulling away."

But that power imbalance between the Mercedes and his chief rivals was much as Hamilton had expected heading into Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix after the month-long August break.





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Doo

August 27, 2013 1:20 AM

Mercedes are fastest on Saturdays at the moment (but RB closed that gap). Should someone mention that Red Bull is much faster than Mercedes on Sundays? also the Ferraris and Renaults have been in most of the races. For almost half of the season those 3 teams also managed tyres better than Mercedes (yes, Rosberg had tyres issues as well) (and please, dont give me the examples of Webber and Massa being slow) In how many races we have seen Rosberg a sitting duck? the reason he lost only 9 positions is because Hamilton qualifies much higher than him. It-s not always his fault as he suffered from some bad luck, but the fact remains- hamilton qualifies higher. Mercedes have 3 victories- 2 on tracks when its impossible to overtake. 1 is kind of a lucky victory as the two guys in front had problems Now, can someone tell me the total positions gap in qualifying between Rosberg and Hamilton? populist demagogue. .



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