Lewis Hamilton: “It’s awesome to go into the break on such a high”


Lewis Hamilton - Credit: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

Lewis Hamilton reflected on an ‘awesome’ afternoon at the Hockenheimring on Sunday as he clinched his sixth victory in seven races to extend his championship lead over Nico Rosberg to nineteen points.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver took the lead at the start when team-mate Rosberg made a mess of his getaway from pole position, and was never headed or challenged throughout the rest of the afternoon.

“What a day! Just awesome!” reflected Hamilton. “I wasn’t expecting to be as strong as I was today. I had a great start. We have been working really hard to get off the line faster and more consistently and that hard work has clearly paid off.

“A big thanks also to the guys in the garage, I’m glad they get a well-earned break now as they really deserve it. I’m super happy with today – especially after yesterday.”

Hamilton admitted that he is his own worst critic when he does not do the job expected of himself, but was delighted with his performance in Germany, feeling he could not have delivered any better.

“When I personally fail, knowing from 23 years of experience that I could definitely have done better, I really kick myself,” said Hamilton. “Today, I have the opposite feeling.

“I delivered the way I’m supposed to. I know that I had the pace, I worked the tyres just right and I was never under threat from the guys behind. No mistakes this time either, so I’m very happy with that.

“It’s awesome to go into the break on such a high. I was 43 points behind at one stage, so to keep working on the gap turn it around like that is great.”