Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Hamilton sensed Vettel was angry over defeat

Hamilton sensed Vettel was angry over defeat

In taking that momentous win, the Dutch teenager benefited from a crash between race favorites Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg when their dueling Mercedes collided just three turns after the start. However, the Mercedes team pressured Vettel into pitting early, giving Hamilton the lead on lap 15.

"The team did an incredible job today, that's how racing should be, as close as it could be, Sebastian was incredibly close, incredibly fast", Hamilton said.

"At turn one, when we made contact, I just felt like I ran out of road and I was on the outside...but that is racing, and I wouldn't have changed it for the world". It was a very close battle and if it had gone in a different direction, it would have been different between us.

Hamilton knew exactly who to thank for his win, radioing the team before he was even out of the auto saying: "Fantastic job, guys". (Lewis and I are) not best friends but we have a very strong connection. So I think we can be very happy, but today we're not entirely happy because the win was there, the vehicle was good enough, but the way the race happened it wasn't meant to be.

Hamilton will now head to the Monaco Grand Prix a week on Sunday six points behind Vettel with both drivers level on two victories each in a season which is shaping up to be an all-time classic.

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Ahead of that incident, Vettel had made a sensational getaway from second on the grid to move ahead of Hamilton into Turn 1. "To have that close battle with a four-time champ is awesome".

He added: "I don't think it's impossible to catch the leaders at some point, maybe it will take a little longer than we had hoped but we will get there".

The Australian - who started sixth - was aided by retirements to Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap as well as a late engine failure for Valtteri Bottas. The collision damaged the front suspensions of both cars, knocking Raikkonen off the track and forcing Verstappen to hobble back to the garage for good.

"I think it's dependent on what kind of race you have", he said when questioned on his heavy breathing. Hamilton thus managed to overtake Vettel under DRS, thus getting into the race leading position. "The most important thing, though, is that we were in the fight; the team is in great form, we need to improve because we want to be ahead of them". "He drove a good race and we did everything we could".

Behind the lonely Ricciardo, Force India continued its impressive start to the season with Sergio Perez fourth and Esteban Ocon a career-best fifth.

Sauber registered in the top 10 for the first time this season - Pascal Wehrlein scoring four points with an eighth-place finish after receiving a five-second penalty for crossing the line on pit entry.

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