[adinserter block="13"]

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton make feelings on US GP disqualification clear

Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc were disqualified from the 2023 US GP

-

Lewis Hamilton insisted he’s still proud of Mercedes‘ efforts at the 2023 United States Grand Prix, despite being disqualified from his podium finish behind Max Verstappen.

Hamilton was the closest he’s been to a win all season – finishing just two seconds behind the Dutchman – but that all went up in smoke in post-race scrutineering when his floor plank was found to have worn too thin.

Polesitter Charles Leclerc was also disqualified for the same issue, but Verstappen and third-placed Lando Norris were also inspected and found to be within the legal limit for wear.

“It is of course disappointing to be disqualified post-race but that doesn’t take away from the progress we’ve made this weekend,” Hamilton said. “I came here in the mood to fight hard, felt great and I’m really happy with my performance.

“Congratulations to Max and Red Bull, they’ve done an incredible job all year long, they’ve dominated and been nearly flawless. We were catching them towards the end, though. I was hopeful that I could, but I just need a couple of more laps.”

Mercedes can take heart that they’re on the track with the new floor they brought to Austin proving a success – aside from the post-race disqualification – as Hamilton finished the sprint race in second and was third in both qualifying sessions.

However, it means Hamilton has failed to score a grand prix point in the last two rounds, following his collision with teammate George Russell in Qatar that ended his race at the first corner.

Ahead of the United States GP, Hamilton had admitted Mercedes still have to improve operationally if they’re to challenge Verstappen even if they have an equal car, and his win in Austin was thanks to Red Bull‘s strategy masterclass rather than dominant pace.

“Overall, we still didn’t perform optimally today,” Hamilton added. “We had good pace and I was feeling great in the car, it was tough racing those around me, but we can be happy with many things. I feel positive as we’re moving forward, even if reflecting on it we could have won today.

“There has been so much work to bring this upgrade here and it was difficult after the last race in Qatar. I really felt like I let the team down, so I had to go through such a deep process to get myself back to here.

“It’s one of those experiences of “it’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up”.

Wolff echoes Hamilton’s positivity

Toto Wolff at 2023 Singapore Grand Prix, Friday | LAT Images/Mercedes F1 Team

Hamilton finished a over 50 seconds behind Verstappen at the season-opening 2023 Bahrain GP, so the initial result at the Circuit of the Americas did show how far Mercedes have come in seven months.

They arrived in Bahrain with their radical no-sidepods concept but abandoned that straight after qualifying and have been searching for a new design philosophy for the rest of the season.

The success of Mercedes‘ developments does give cause for optimism for the team, but they’ll hope it’s not a repeat of 2022 where Russell‘s Sao Paulo GP win proved to be a false dawn.

“We can take a lot of positives from the car performance today,” Russell said. “We hate coming so close to winning and falling short, but this is a circuit where only a few races ago we wouldn’t have performed well because of the fast, sweeping corners.

“The upgrade seems to have made the car happier in those areas and it is working well. Directionally, it’s a very good sign.”

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, 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.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Pascal Wehrlein of Porsche during 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Pascal Wehrlein: Shanghai circuit doesn’t suit Formula E

0
Pascal Wehrlein was less than impressed with Formula E’s Shanghai debut following a Shanghai E-Prix determined by energy saving...
Nico Hulkenberg during 2024 Monaco GP qualifying | Haas F1 Team / LAT Images

Both Haas drivers disqualified in Monaco after using non-compliant part

0
Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg have been disqualified from the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying classification for...
Charles Leclerc after 2024 Monaco GP Qualifying | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc reveals last-minute issue almost derailed dream Monaco pole positon

0
Charles Leclerc will aim to make it third time lucky at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix having failing to...
Max Verstappen in the garage during practice ahead of 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen slams Red Bull ‘go kart’ after painful Monaco GP qualifying

0
Max Verstappen has revealed the extent of his issues with his Red Bull car left him feeling he was...
Lando Norris during the 2024 Monaco GP | McLaren

‘It shouldn’t happen in F1’ – Lando Norris blasts Monaco for mistake that almost...

0
Lando Norris lambasted organisers of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix for a sticker issue that almost dumped him out...
Sergio Perez looks on in qualifying for the 2024 Monaco GP | Mark Thompson/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Sergio Perez finds scapegoat for ‘completely disastrous’ Monaco GP Q1 exit

0
Sergio Perez believes he would've reached Q2 if he hadn't encountered traffic on his final Q1 lap, as he...
Lewis Hamilton at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Mercedes / LAT Images

Lewis Hamilton lost for answers after ‘frustrating’ Monaco GP qualifying

0
Lewis Hamilton expressed his "frustration" with Mercedes' qualifying pace and admitted he was unable to explain their lack of...
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Christian Horner explains where Red Bull struggled after dismal Monaco GP qualifying

0
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has conceded their chances of victory at the Formula 1 2024 Monaco Grand Prix...
Charles Leclerc during 2024 Monaco GP during practice | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc denies Verstappen historic pole in breathless Monaco GP qualifying

0
Charles Leclerc will start the Formula 1 2024 Monaco Grand Prix at the front of the grid after the...
Oscar Piastri during the 2024 Monaco GP | McLaren

F1 2024 Monaco GP – Qualifying Results

0
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc kept his cool in Qualifying after dominating the weekend so far, and claimed pole position...
- Advertisment -