Saudi Arabia GP | Lewis Hamilton after his fifth place: Strategy just didn´t really work out for me

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton finished the Saudi Arabian GP in the fifth place. The British ace had started seventh and could not benefit from Alonso´s penalty like his teammate did.

Hamilton seemed to struggle with Hard tire compound but improved after the pitstop and managed to keep both Ferrari drivers behind after making his stop during the pit stop period.

After the race Hamilton talked to the press and highlighted the importance of the points Mercedes achieved as a team, and he explained that with Russell´s setup his race would have been different.

“We got great points as a team. George got third [ultimately P4] which is amazing. I went forward which is always the hope that you could at least go forward one foot in front of the other. So, I´m really grateful to have come from seventh to fifth. Strategy just didn´t really work out for me. Set up was a bit off I think if I had the set up of George I would have been in a better position.”

“So, yes, lots to work on but there are positives to take away.”

Asked on how much say he has over the selection of the setup, the seven-time World Champion explained there were two choices and this time Russell´s choice was the correct one.

“On the setup we work on that it´s just there was just like a fifty-fifty choice. I chose one way he chose another and more often than not the way he went was the wrong one but it just happened to work so I could only match his pace rather than be quicker this weekend.”

The Briton vows to work hard to ensure himself and the team a better place for the upcoming races.

“I´ll work hard to make sure that we are in a better place.”