Lewis Hamilton says the return of the Spanish Grand Prix felt “better than a win” because Mercedes was talking about the chances of the F1 title

Lewis Hamilton says he now “definitely” believes he can win races this season, while Mercedes boss Toto Wolff roars after the Spanish Grand Prix: “Can we fight for a world championship, you bet we can do it”; George Russell finished third on Sunday and Hamilton fifth after a major recovery

Last updated: 22/05/23 15:46

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Best of the Spanish Grand Prix action

Best of the Spanish Grand Prix action

Lewis Hamilton believes he has revived his season with an “amazing” return to the Spanish Grand Prix, says he felt “better than a win”, and is adamant that he could face Max Verstappen without any problems.

A challenger Mercedes, meanwhile, says they are back in the fight for the 2022 F1 Championship.

After five rounds of understanding or unlocking the pace of the W13 car, the world champion Mercedes had a much more competitive weekend in Barcelona and, despite not being close to Charles Leclerc of Ferrari or Verstappen of Red Bull in the standings, George Russell was third and Hamilton fifth.

Hamilton finished behind his younger teammate again, applauding his result after the team collided and punched him in the opening lap, which sent him backwards. He was one of the fastest drivers on the track when he returned to the competition seven times.

After suffering a puncture in the first lap, Lewis Hamilton was healed to finish in fifth place as Mercedes continued to improve in the sixth race of the season.

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After suffering a puncture in the first lap, Lewis Hamilton was healed to finish in fifth place as Mercedes continued to improve in the sixth race of the season.

After suffering a puncture in the first lap, Lewis Hamilton was healed to finish in fifth place as Mercedes continued to improve in the sixth race of the season.

Hamilton has been adamant that he has been out of the title picture for the past few weeks – and is 64 points clear of Verstappen – but it looks like the Spanish Grand Prix has revived his hopes of fighting at the front again.

On Sunday, Hamilton said he now believes he will “win” a race this season: “We’ve made a lot of improvements with the car.

“The pace of the race is much better … the car is much nicer in the race. It’s a great sign that we’re going in the right direction.

“Without [my start]I was going to fight the Red Bulls.

“It gives me great hope that we will fight for victory at some point.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was pleased with his performance jump in Spain over the weekend, with George Russell finishing third and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was pleased with his performance jump in Spain over the weekend, with George Russell finishing third and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was pleased with his performance jump in Spain over the weekend, with George Russell finishing third and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

Team leader Toto Wolff went one step further.

“Can we fight for a world championship? You bet,” Wolff added. “We have reason to believe that we can get there.

“Looking at the standings, that’s very hard to see, but motoring is another ball game.

“We saw today that Ferrari didn’t have a lot of points when they had to and we will fully push them to get back into the game.”

Hamilton is reviving “better than a win” and a tough start to 2022

Mercedes is now 75 points behind new leader Red Bull, with Ferrari failing to trust Charles Leclerc and DNF.

Hamilton admitted that he had climbed a roller coaster after the Spanish Grand Prix after initially leaving his contacts with Kevin Magnussen in the 30s in the 30s, saying that the Englishman thought the return was “impossible” and asked Mercedes if they should retire to save the car. mileage.

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collided in the first round of the Spanish Grand Prix, and as a result it was punctured for the Mercedes driver.

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Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collided in the first round of the Spanish Grand Prix, and as a result it was punctured for the Mercedes driver.

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collided in the first round of the Spanish Grand Prix, and as a result it was punctured for the Mercedes driver.

“I couldn’t understand it,” Hamilton said, referring to the Saudi Grand Prix, as he struggled to make group moves. But in Spain this car, which had big improvements in the floor and front wing, flourished.

“I’m glad we didn’t, you didn’t stop, you didn’t give up.”

On his return, being fourth would have been enough if Mercedes hadn’t said goodbye to his reliability concerns, Hamilton stressed: “A race like this is like a victory.

George Russell somehow held Max Verstappen in the fight for second place in the Spanish Grand Prix

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George Russell somehow held Max Verstappen in the fight for second place in the Spanish Grand Prix

George Russell somehow held Max Verstappen in the fight for second place in the Spanish Grand Prix

“It simply came to our notice then.

“There were a lot of difficulties in that race, starting very far back.

“It was a young girl I spoke to yesterday who was my little inspiration. Isla, a five-year-old with a terminal illness, said, ‘You can win the race tomorrow,’ I said, ‘I don’t know if I can win the race, but I’ll give it my all. ‘

“I hope this is like a victory, and I dedicate it to him.”

A few moments earlier, past Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz regained fourth place in the penultimate lap of the Mercedes driver.

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A few moments earlier, past Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz regained fourth place in the penultimate lap of the Mercedes driver.

A few moments earlier, past Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz regained fourth place in the penultimate lap of the Mercedes driver.

Hamilton also spread his latest fights, having suffered very bad luck since the controversial end of last season, which was hampered by the 2022 unfortunately timed Safety Cars and his poorly performing cars.

“It’s been very difficult since last year’s race,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then.

“Starting in a positive race today and then having that problem, then coming back, I felt like some of the oldest races I’ve ever done. I find it amazing.”

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