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Hamilton - Brazil result shocked me

13th November 2017, 18:46 by Tom Hill

Lewis Hamilton insists he was surprised how close he came to a podium finish at the Brazilian GP after a poor qualifying display.

The Brit, who was recently crowned world champion for a fourth time, crashed out in qualifying on Saturday and believes he would have won the race at Interlagos but for his mistake.

After starting from the back of the grid, he managed to move up to fourth place and ended up just one second behind third-placed Kimi Raikkonen.

When asked about his performance, the 32-year-old admitted he was delighted to get so close.

"I was thinking sixth, fifth," he told Sky Sports F1. "Many years ago [2009] I came from the back and came up and I was thinking that might be a chance of that.

"But then it's a one stop, very, very difficult to make the tyres last that length. They were staying plus seven, my stop was lap 37, so when I was at lap 30 I was like there is no way I'm going to make it. But I was there or thereabouts.

"But I think I managed the tyres really well. To extend them out the way I did with the pace that I had, because I wasn't really looking after them in the way the other guys were, I was leaning on them a lot more, it got a little bit tough towards the end and I lost a bit of the advantage that I had.

"It was the best we could have done and actually more than I hoped for."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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