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Baku F1 recovery drive “shows the hunger is still there”

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Hamilton was fifth in the early stages but, along with initial race leader Max Verstappen, he was one of several drivers to pit under green flag conditions ahead of the safety car.

Many of his rivals were able to stop cheaply and by the time it was all over Hamilton had dropped to 10th.

Under the safety car, he inevitably sounds frustrated on the radio. On the restart, however, he put the disappointment behind him and immediately picked up three places, including one from Mercedes team-mate George Russell.

He later passed Lance Stroll after the Canadian made a mistake, then chased Carlos Sainz for the remainder of the race to finish sixth.

But Hamilton admitted that the timing of the safety car deployment was not easy to grasp.

“Naturally, with so much work over the weekend, yesterday was a tough day, you go backwards, and then today I was hoping for a better day, but I lost a lot of ground and it was definitely a blow,” he said when called Asked by Autosport about his initial reaction.

“But then I thought, ‘Well, that’s it’. I think today showed that there was a hunger. Once I got confidence in that car, the speed would come.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG

Photography: Mark Sutton/ motorsport pictures

Hamilton insisted he was trying to put his disappointment over the restart behind him.

“I can’t get into that frustration and ‘I’ve lost all these positions,'” he said. “I just had to put my head down and focus on attacking and that’s what I did.

“I put my head down and got right back into the game. Yeah, I really enjoyed those fights.

“Really proud of my team all the time because they kept their heads down. We didn’t have the pace of the last game and it was obviously not the best. But this team isn’t lacking in drive.

“We’re all super hungry and we’re just trying to get those upgrades. So I think it’s the start of hopefully better results in the upcoming games.”

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At one point during his chase of Sainz, Hamilton asked if the team could find more power for him as he struggled to keep pace with Ferrari, but admitted he didn’t have the straight-line speed of his rivals.

“I think they were a little faster than us on the straights,” he said.

“Even with DRS on, he was quick on the straights. And then going through that middle zone was not that easy, but I gave everything.

“Drivers always want more power. I think in the end they cut the DRS straight this year, I’m not quite sure why they did that. We’ve been doing great racing where the DRS is. When you turn on the DRS, the last It’s too late.”

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Verstappen survives treacherous conditions to win the Monaco Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen won the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix and now has more Grand Prix victories for Red Bull than Sebastian Vettel. The Dutchman’s brilliant final stage in qualifying saw him take pole position, but his superlong performance on the medium tyres, which was almost as impressive, gave him an easy win.

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Rain during Monaco GP: plenty of chaos and incidents

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It didn’t seem to come, but after 50 of the 78 laps of the Monaco Grand Prix, it did: it started to rain. After a few laps, the rain started to fall heavily, and the slick tires could no longer continue driving. Drivers were skidding around corners everywhere, but miraculously, most managed to keep their cars clear of the crash barrier or keep going.

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Newgarden beats Ericsson to Indy 500 win after restart with one lap to go

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Josef Newgarden wins the Indy 500 in an intense final stage. There was a red flag, but the race restarted with one lap to go. Newgarden jumped at the chance and outmaneuvered Marcus Ericsson for the win, while Rinus Veekay crossed the finish line in tenth.

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