The Mexican Grand Prix was the fifth to last race of the 2021 Formula 1 season, and needless to say the pressure was on to score points in the drivers and constructors championship. Max Verstappen had a fantastic drive winning the Grand Prix, while teammate Checo Perez took third place at his home GP.
Lewis Hamilton however had a tough race after holding up the Mexican driver in the latter half of the race. Despite finishing second, a dejected Hamilton now stands 19 points behind Verstappen as the title seems to be slipping away from him.
Post the race according to Formula1.com, Hamilton said “Their pace, it was just unbelievable, and there was nothing I could do to battle that – and when you’ve got Checo on your tail, then you know the car is quick.” This message was taken in a negative light by some, thinking that Hamilton took a dig at Perez. So, the Brit took to Instagram to clarify himself the following day.
Lewis Hamilton Clarifies Blundered Comment Against Checo Perez
Lewis Hamilton posted a story on Instagram clarifying the matter. “[I] just want to make sure people don’t read what I was saying wrong yesterday,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for Sergio Perez and think he’s doing a great job in his new team. “He’s improved so much this season and I know how hard it is to progress with a new team, it takes time.”
Hamilton went on to say that following a car in Mexico was the hardest thing to do because of the low drag, which is why there is often little overtaking. But seeing that Checo was so close all the time, it showed how much downforce the Red Bulls had. Hamilton further congratulated Perez for keeping the drive clean.
Lewis Hamilton also clarified that Bottas had a bad weekend and that when he his comments about the latter “leaving the door open” were taken in the wrong context. “We are a team and we win and we lose as a team. There is not one single person responsible for winning or losing, we do it together good or bad. You may be able to beat us but you can’t break us! Onto the next one Valtteri, let’s keep pushing bro.” he said according to Formula1.com.