Lewis Hamilton reveals why he couldn’t overtake Norris in thrilling British GP climax

Lewis Hamilton battled Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri in the 2023 British Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton recounted his battle with Lando Norris at the end of the 2023 British Grand Prix and explained why he lost out to the McLaren man.

Hamilton put huge pressure on Norris at the safety car restart and got alongside Norris but was unable to make the move stick down the national pit straight.

Norris added he went with a lower-downforce setup with the knowledge he might need some extra straight-line speed, and it paid off to earn him the podium.

“I threw it up the inside into turn seven and I hoped that this is the moment I could make it happen and pressed the overtake button,” Hamilton told the press.

“So we were both going down the road with the overtake, but he had less drag. So I guess they said they had a small wing and we just started pulling so I had to back out.

“I was relatively quick in the first half of the lap and in our qualifying laps we were very, very close to Max until I think he still turned 13. And then that’s where they fall all the time. So we’ve got some work to do to improve our high-speed performance.

Hamilton applauds McLaren comeback

McLaren were sporting a part-chrome livery, a throwback to their look when Hamilton was racing with the team.

They gave Hamilton his debut in 2007 and he won their last British GP – in 2008 – the same year he won their last world championship.

Lewis Hamilton leads the McLaren of Oscar Piastri at the 2023 British Grand Prix | Mercedes F1 Team

“It’s really amazing to see the McLaren back up in competitive form, I think it’s been such a long time,” Hamilton added.

“I really didn’t expect to be on the podium today but when we go through the different strategy options, safety car is the one you hope for and I basically put them on a medium tyre and, and plan to just stay up on them until the safety car potential came.”

“And fortunately it did, our long-run pace is really good and really grateful for the team for continuing to push, we do have a lot of work to do on our car to put ourselves in proper, competitive form to fight the Red Bulls and new McLarens.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, and previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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