Lewis Hamilton appeared to aim a subtle dig in the direction of Max Verstappen after securing a remarkable podium finish at the British Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. The Mercedes driver managed to cross the finish line in third place after a titanic battle with Charles Leclerc towards the end of a hugely chaotic 52-lap contest.
Hamilton fought tooth-and-nail with Leclerc through the twists and turns of Silverstone and even went wheel-to-wheel with the Ferrari driver at the infamous Copse corner. The 37-year-old went on to give credit to Leclerc for driving sensibly before making a subtle reference to last year’s high-speed crash with Verstappen, which took place at the same part of the track and resulted in Hamilton picking up a 10-second time penalty.
“For a while it was feeling long,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 when asked to run the rule over proceedings at the end of the race.
“A bunch of things went against me. The gap was like five or six seconds to catch the Ferraris but I had a really good long stint and thought we could maybe fight for the win, but the pit stop was not very quick and I struggled to warm up [the new tyres].
“Charles did a great job, what a great battle, a very sensible driver, clearly very different to what we experienced here last year.
“We had to have the tyre deficit in order to get past him, but yeah. Really, really amazing weekend.”
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