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Hamilton prefers 'chasing' over race domination

  • Published on 16 Sep 2019 15:31
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton says he enjoys the thrill of a close fight rather than dominating races from start to finish.

Last time out at the Italian Grand Prix, the five-time world champion was attached to the rear of Charles Leclerc for much of the race.

The Mercedes driver attempted to pass on a couple of occasions, but couldn't make his way past the Ferrari driver, who went on to secure his second career victory.

MOREMercedes originally considered Heidfeld, di Resta over Hamilton for 2013 seat

Hamilton admits that he enjoys hunting down a driver more, as it takes him back to when he started racing in karts. 

"I love chasing, that's where I started my racing career," Hamilton said. "I was always at the back of the grid because I had a crap go-kart. 

"I loved my go-kart but it wasn't that great and I always had to drive all the way through the back. Those are the races that are the most rewarding, when you come from whatever position it is to catch the guy in front.

"It's been great to have the differences we've had in qualifying, to the Red Bulls to the Ferraris and being able to have some sort of difference in the race.

"I personally enjoy that more and it makes you feel like you're more part of that result than perhaps if you're in the lead and you walk away with it."

Next up on the calendar is the Singapore Grand Prix, a circuit that is set to suit Mercedes' efficient downforce package. 

Hamilton has four wins around the Marina Bay Circuit, with two of them coming in the last two years. 

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  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    Is that hammy calling the mb crap

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    • Sep 16 2019 - 18:24
  • You say that, but I don't really believe you. The way you constantly moan when you are chasing, and at times moan after the race to boot, imply otherwise.

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    • Sep 16 2019 - 18:49
    • Reifer-5

      Posts: 4

      You are spot on! I completely agree with you, couldn't said it better!

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      • Sep 16 2019 - 23:34
    • Yeah, gotta call bullshit on that. It's easy for him to say that when he is so far ahead in the title fight, but I doubt he would be saying that if he hadn't won the lion's share of the races this year.

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      • Sep 17 2019 - 04:55
  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 283

    Why even say it. You only like it when you come out on top.

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    • Sep 17 2019 - 03:48
    • TheDentist

      Posts: 24

      Doesn’t everyone like it when they come out on top? That’s the winning mentality! Who likes finishing second or less?

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      • Sep 17 2019 - 09:59
    • abhidbgt

      Posts: 283

      True everyone likes winning but I don't think the statement holds much value as it comes from a more relaxed position. If it's about only fight then there shouldn't be so much bemoaning.

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      • Sep 17 2019 - 15:20

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