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Lewis Hamilton struggles to keep up with F1's "wave of young talent"



"I fight as hard as I can to stay in the mix," says Hamilton after the epic Brazilian GP who finishes with F1's youngest podium ever

Last updated: 18/11/19 11:40









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Sky F1's Karun Chandhok is on SkyPad to watch Alex Albon's reboot and his subsequent collision with Lewis Hamilton

Sky F1's Karun Chandhok is on SkyPad to watch Alex Albon's reboot and his subsequent collision with Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes that Sunday's captivating Brazilian GP showed off the potential of F1's "wave of young talent" – and the six-time champion says he "struggles as hard as I can" to keep up with Max Verstappen.

The interlagos epic began with intense scrap between wheels and wheels between Hamilton and Verstappen before two late Safety Cars led to more drama, with Hamilton eventually clashing with Alex Albon and competing for the line with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly for second place.

Hamilton took full responsibility for his collision with Albon, resulting in a penalty of five seconds and sentenced him to seventh.

"It was a good race," Hamilton told Sky F1. "I really liked it. I'm a little upset in the end because I never want to clash with anyone but obviously I took risks.

"I gave absolutely everything and more, I pushed so hard. We didn't have much pace and honestly I think we went faster than we should have been. The Red Bulls really deserve the win, they did a better job."

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton explains pitting before the second restart and apologizes for beating Alexander Albon, after a crazy race in the Brazilian GP

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton explains pitting before the second restart and apologizes for beating Alexander Albon, after a crazy race in the Brazilian GP

After Hamilton's penalty, the podium was eventually filled by supreme race winner Verstappen, 22, Gasly, 23, and McLaren & # 39; s Carlos Sainz, 25 – making it the youngest top-three in F1 history (beating Italy 2008).

Hamilton, the second oldest driver on the net, turns 35 in January but insists he is excited after more blows with F1's "future".

"It is inevitable that young people will come through," he said. "There is often a wave of young talent that manages to get to Formula 1 and I think Formula 1 has got a lot of new young blood with a lot of potential and they really are the future of sports.

"While [my] number shows a little higher, I feel that I can still kick it with these guys and so I'm excited for future competition with these guys and if we can get these teams closer then we should see more fantastic battles like today and I think that it would be great. "

Hamilton added: "I think it was a good race and it is fantastic again to see the youngsters come and run so well.

"I fight as hard as I can to stay in the mix."

Hamilton's praise for Albon and Gasly

Hamilton has often described Verstappen as a worthy title rival, and predicts more blows with the Red Bull star in 2020, but after Sunday's race, the Englishman reserved special praise for Albon and Gasly.

Albon, 23, has had a sparkling rookie season, which has included a mid-season step-up from Toro Rosso to Red Bull, and was on course for his first podium before shunting with Hamilton.

"I never like to clash with other drivers," Hamilton said. "Alex has been driving really well, it's not easy to be a teammate with safety, by a well experienced driver like Max but he has done well and I can assure you that I know exactly how he feels right now. And I can assure you , that's not intentional, that's why I went to apologize to him. "

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Lewis Hamilton meets Alexander Albon and takes him out of the Brazilian GP who allows Pierre Gasly by finishing second on the Interlagos circuit

Lewis Hamilton meets Alexander Albon and takes him out of the Brazilian GP who allows Pierre Gasly by finishing second on the Interlagos circuit

After that collision, Hamilton competed on the line with Gasly, surpassing Mercedes with 0.062s. It was Gasly's best career of his career, just three months after he was replaced by Red Bull by Albon.

"It's really amazing to see, especially through the experience and journey he has gone through from being in one team then to the next," Hamilton said. "Getting through is really amazing".

He continued: "He did a fantastic job. He put the car in the right place in all parts of the track, was very fair and made no mistakes. So hate him. He did a fantastic job.

"Of course, Honda made some big steps and it is fantastic to see another manufacturer as strong as they are now. This means that hopefully next year we will have a serious four-way hit and that is good for Formula One."

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Home / unitedkingdom / Lewis Hamilton struggles to keep up with F1's "wave of young talent"

Lewis Hamilton struggles to keep up with F1's "wave of young talent"



"I fight as hard as I can to stay in the mix," says Hamilton after the epic Brazilian GP who finishes with F1's youngest podium ever

Last updated: 18/11/19 11:40









01:38

Sky F1's Karun Chandhok is on SkyPad to watch Alex Albon's reboot and his subsequent collision with Lewis Hamilton

Sky F1's Karun Chandhok is on SkyPad to watch Alex Albon's reboot and his subsequent collision with Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes that Sunday's captivating Brazilian GP showed off the potential of F1's "wave of young talent" – and the six-time champion says he "struggles as hard as I can" to keep up with Max Verstappen.

The interlagos epic began with intense scrap between wheels and wheels between Hamilton and Verstappen before two late Safety Cars led to more drama, with Hamilton eventually clashing with Alex Albon and competing for the line with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly for second place.

Hamilton took full responsibility for his collision with Albon, resulting in a penalty of five seconds and sentenced him to seventh.

"It was a good race," Hamilton told Sky F1. "I really liked it. I'm a little upset in the end because I never want to clash with anyone but obviously I took risks.

"I gave absolutely everything and more, I pushed so hard. We didn't have much pace and honestly I think we went faster than we should have been. The Red Bulls really deserve the win, they did a better job."

01:40
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton explains pitting before the second restart and apologizes for beating Alexander Albon, after a crazy race in the Brazilian GP

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton explains pitting before the second restart and apologizes for beating Alexander Albon, after a crazy race in the Brazilian GP

After Hamilton's penalty, the podium was eventually filled by supreme race winner Verstappen, 22, Gasly, 23, and McLaren & # 39; s Carlos Sainz, 25 – making it the youngest top-three in F1 history (beating Italy 2008).

Hamilton, the second oldest driver on the net, turns 35 in January but insists he is excited after more blows with F1's "future".

"It is inevitable that young people will come through," he said. "There is often a wave of young talent that manages to get to Formula 1 and I think Formula 1 has got a lot of new young blood with a lot of potential and they really are the future of sports.

"While [my] number shows a little higher, I feel that I can still kick it with these guys and so I'm excited for future competition with these guys and if we can get these teams closer then we should see more fantastic battles like today and I think that it would be great. "

Hamilton added: "I think it was a good race and it is fantastic again to see the youngsters come and run so well.

"I fight as hard as I can to stay in the mix."

Hamilton's praise for Albon and Gasly

Hamilton has often described Verstappen as a worthy title rival, and predicts more blows with the Red Bull star in 2020, but after Sunday's race, the Englishman reserved special praise for Albon and Gasly.

Albon, 23, has had a sparkling rookie season, which has included a mid-season step-up from Toro Rosso to Red Bull, and was on course for his first podium before shunting with Hamilton.

"I never like to clash with other drivers," Hamilton said. "Alex has been driving really well, it's not easy to be a teammate with safety, by a well experienced driver like Max but he has done well and I can assure you that I know exactly how he feels right now. And I can assure you , that's not intentional, that's why I went to apologize to him. "

03:19
Lewis Hamilton meets Alexander Albon and takes him out of the Brazilian GP who allows Pierre Gasly by finishing second on the Interlagos circuit

Lewis Hamilton meets Alexander Albon and takes him out of the Brazilian GP who allows Pierre Gasly by finishing second on the Interlagos circuit

After that collision, Hamilton competed on the line with Gasly, surpassing Mercedes with 0.062s. It was Gasly's best career of his career, just three months after he was replaced by Red Bull by Albon.

"It's really amazing to see, especially through the experience and journey he has gone through from being in one team then to the next," Hamilton said. "Getting through is really amazing".

He continued: "He did a fantastic job. He put the car in the right place in all parts of the track, was very fair and made no mistakes. So hate him. He did a fantastic job.

"Of course, Honda made some big steps and it is fantastic to see another manufacturer as strong as they are now. This means that hopefully next year we will have a serious four-way hit and that is good for Formula One."

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