Hamilton: I had some enjoyable battles out there

Hamilton: I had some enjoyable battles out there [Miami]

Hamilton: I had some enjoyable battles out there
Lewis Hamilton managed to take some positives out of his Miami Grand Prix, and claimed he enjoyed the on-track battles he had on his way to sixth place.

It is quite sad when someone like Hamilton driving for a team like Mercedes considers fighting with Nico Hulkenberg in a Haas – with all due respect to the latter – a highlight of his race.

But such is the dire state of Mercedes these days that they just try to find positives in almost anything they experience, no matter how uneventful that is.

It was another subpar weekend from Mercedes, their much trumpeted upgrades – Toto Wolff wouldn’t stop talking about them – not delivering as hoped.

Honestly we don’t know what they delivered because the W15’s performance was fluctuating so badly we couldn’t know whether it was the setup, the track conditions, or the car itself that was causing the ups and down from session to session.

While the Sprint race was unflattering, Hamilton managed to score points during Sunday’s grand prix after “beating Hulkenberg” and following Oscar Piastri’s drop down the grid with a broken front wing courtesy of Carlos Sainz.

Yet the seven-time Formula 1 Champion was content, he said in his team report: “In my race today [Sunday], I had some enjoyable battles out there.

“I was giving it everything I had to make progress and made a couple of good overtakes. We were challenging the Red Bull at the end so to be able to race them felt great.

“Today was probably the best day of racing I’ve had this year, so we just need to keep pushing. We’ve got some more small upgrades coming for Imola. Others are developing too but we will keep working hard,” he concluded.

While George Russell outqualified Hamilton, he finished the grand prix behind him, losing places on the start making for un uphill task all afternoon at Miami, he said: “My race today was difficult.

“I lost a few positions at the start and then in the final stint, I had no pace on the Hard tyre and was struggling a lot. We will go away and assess why that was.

“Our lack of speed was quite unexpected, whilst Lewis had a strong race so there was definite speed in the car,” Russell concluded.

Wolff hops on the positivity train

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Wolff took positivity a step further than Hamilton, congratulating his power unit team for the product that propelled McLaren to Lando Norris’ first win.

After the pleasantries, congratulating Norris and McLaren, he said: “Congratulations too to everyone involved in designing, manufacturing, and operating the Mercedes Power Unit at High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth.”

After assuring us that the Mercedes power units are decent, Wolff added: “The good news in our race today [Sunday] was that, like-for-like on the Medium tyre, we showed that we had good speed.

“Lewis was faster than Perez in the Red Bull ahead on the same compound but wasn’t quite able to make the overtake. George struggled a little more on the Hard tyre but overall it was encouraging to see the improvements we made from Friday and that we had solid pace compared to others,” he explained.

So going away from another disappointing weekend, Wolff was happy Hamilton his number one driver was faster than the number two driver at Red Bull on a day when the reigning F1 Champions failed to get their RB20 into its sweet spot.

Hamilton’s decision to ditch McLaren to join Mercedes in 2013 was a smart one, ditching Mercedes for Ferrari in 2025 might just be a genius stroke.