Lewis Hamilton was in something of a low key mood at Spa after dropping from pole to third place, thus losing points to both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the title fight.
Hamilton clearly wasn’t happy about being overtaken first by Vettel and then Alonso, and not having the speed with which to hold on to either of his rivals.
“It’s difficult when people pull away from you, there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Hamilton. “I feel happy that we’ve extended our lead ahead of Ferrari, collectively me and Nico, and also I’m up to third. I’ve come and done what I planned to do, but it’s difficult when he pulls away at the rate he sometimes pulls away.”
Hamilton said that he’d struggled for straight line speed with the Spa aero package, and fears more of the same at Monza.
“It’s difficult to understand what we’ve missed out, but I think the guys will work over the next few days to try and understand where we were slower. But Eau Rouge was particularly slow for us, and down the straights. Maybe we’ll be able to unlock something before the next race, but if not then I’m hoping that Singapore onwards we’ll be much stronger.
“They’re more windy circuits, more high-downforce circuits. When you come to these two circuits, this one and the next one, you get a downforce package and you’re kind of stuck with it. It either has or hasn’t worked. We may improve in the next race, or we may be in the same position.
“We won’t be any worse, that’s for sure. From then onwards we’ll have the higher downforce package that we had in the previous races, but it should be hopefully improved again. So I’m hoping that we’ll be more competitive from then on.”
Meanwhile regarding Vettel’s lead in the championship he said: “It’s a big, big gap, it’s a huge gap, it’s going to be tough to close that. I’m going to keep pushing.
“It’s going to be very, very tough, undoubtedly. He’s had a phenomenal car for a long, long time, and it still is phenomenally quick and does the job, so it’s a perfect package.
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