After Kimi Raikkonen wrecked Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of winning his first home Grand Prix, Hamilton has vowed to learn from his mistakes. Hamilton sensationally grabbed pole position on Saturday, however thanks to a series of errors during the race, he had to settle for third place infront of his home crowd.
Hamilton holds his hands up to his mistakes. “I made the wrong decision with set-up and it really caused me problems during the race,” he explained. “Even in qualifying, I didn’t have the pace I should have had but it was too late by then to change the car so I have learned a good lesson.”
His most noticeable mistake during the race was during his first pit stop when he was a little too eager to get back on track. “At the first pit stop, I made a mistake,” Hamilton continued. “I thought the lollipop lifted and I went. It was a mistake which cost me time. But, at the end of the day, I have come away with a ninth podium – I’m the most consistent driver here. I have to be happy with that.”
Hamilton is still leading the Drivers’ World Championship, 12 points clear of team mate Fernando Alonso and 18 points ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. “I need to step up my game which I intend to do,” Hamilton stated.
“As a team, we need to push – as always – but try to push even more if we can. As for me as a drive – I am still learning and I’ve still time to find in myself through experience. We’re going to a few tracks I know so it should really make the weekend a little bit easier, but it doesn’t.”
“I’ve struggled to get the pace so it’s making sure the car is setup right, that we keep on moving forward with the car and ideally beat the Ferraris!”