Lewis Hamilton spoke of his ‘surreal’ experience in Saturday’s Sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix, in which Mercedes gave arguably its most competitive performance of 2022 so far.
Hamilton’s teammate George Russell chased Max Verstappen for several laps before passing the Dutchman to take the win, while Hamilton finished the Sprint in third place after moving up from eighth on the grid, also going on to Verstappen while doing it.
A penalty for second-placed Carlos Sainz means Russell and Hamilton will line up 1-2 on the grid for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, and Hamilton couldn’t hide his delight at Mercedes’ return to form.
“It felt good to have momentum,” Hamilton said. via play.
“Even just passing a Red Bull today, it’s the first time I think I’ve passed a Red Bull that I can remember. [in 2022].
“It was very, very surreal. This is the first time we’ve beaten them in a long time, so we’re very proud of everyone on the team.”
Hamilton confident for Sunday in Sao Paulo
Pressed on whether Mercedes would be able to maintain its good form at Sunday’s Grand Prix, Hamilton struck a positive note.
“I think it depends on the weather tomorrow, but the car felt really good today,” said Hamilton, who has won at Interlagos on three previous occasions.
“We have to work a little bit overnight to see what adjustments we can make – it’s not that you can make a lot of changes, just try to get the balance right.”
If Mercedes fails to win one of the remaining two races of 2022, this will be the Silver Arrows’ first winless season since 2011.
Similarly, if Lewis Hamilton is not victorious in either Brazil or Abu Dhabi, 2022 will be the Briton’s first season in which he has not won at least one Grand Prix, having done so every year since graduating to F1 in 2007.