Lewis Hamilton: “It was a massive relief when I crossed the line”

World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Mercedes AMG Petronas W07 Hybrid – Lewis Hamilton. Friday 21st October 2016, F1 USA Grand Prix Practice 1, Austin, Texas – Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Digital Ref :1742LB1D0046

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton scored a much needed victory at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, and the Brit could not be happier to have returned to winning ways.

“I’m delighted to claim my 50th career victory today, it’s been a long time coming, but most importantly it was great to have a solid race weekend.”

Having struggled with his starts off the line in recent rounds, Hamilton was relieved to absolutely nail it on Sunday, which allowed him to control the race from the front, and more or less cruise to victory.

“This race has always gone extremely well for me, but still, it was a massive relief when I crossed the line given my reliability issues in recent rounds.

I was 100% clear on my start and I knew it was going to turn out that way. It was a nice feeling, especially after so many ups and downs, and I was able to control the race from there.”

The Brit has always loved Austin and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), a track where the current world champion has enjoyed success in the past, having won there on three previous occasions.

This result sees Hamilton take four out of the five F1 races run in Texas, so it is clear he is a master of its undulating layout, with Sebastian Vettel the only other victor at this circuit back in 2013.

Hamilton now needs to overturn a twenty-six ponts deficit to team-mate Nico Rosberg in the championship standings, and having gotten off to great start this weekend, the Brit will be hoping he can keep that run going in Mexico, next time out.

“It’s been great to be back here in Austin and the response from the fans has been incredible. The aim is to continue this form next week and I can’t wait to continue the Championship battle in Mexico.”