After finishing second in the US Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton now trails by 12 points to Red Bull’s superstar, Max Verstappen. The difference was doubled by the Dutch this weekend as he secured his 8th win of the season and also gave Red Bull their 200th podium in Formula 1. With only five more races to go in this season, every race is an opportunity to edge a step closer to the World Championship.
Hamilton overtook Verstappen in the very first lap but could not maintain his lead as Red Bull and Verstappen pulled off a brilliant pit strategy that outplayed Mercedes. Although, in the latter stages of the race Hamilton gave his all it just wasn’t enough as the Dutch was 1.08 seconds faster than him.
What did Lewis Hamilton have to say about the point gap with Max Verstappen?
Lewis Hamilton insisted that he does not care about the 12-point gap between him and his rival have as the Formula 1 action returns to Mexico next weekend. The 12-point gap could grow even more in the upcoming races as both Mexico and Brazil generally favor Red Bull, the tracks there are at a higher altitude, something which suits their machinery more than it does the Mercedes cars.
That being said, Hamilton still does not care about the points difference as he responded, “I’m not thinking about [the gap] at the moment,” Hamilton told reporters after the race in Austin. “I’ve got to be happy with the job that I did today and live in the moment. Talking about the result at Austin, he commented that “Unfortunately, we weren’t quick enough to win the race. I’ve just got to look forward and just take it one race at a time.
When asked about the upcoming races, he replied, “There are two circuits [Mexico and Brazil] that are strong for Red Bull, so we’ll just try and minimize how strong they can be compared to us and see if we can do a better job.”