Max Verstappen and George Russell impressed by Lewis Hamilton’s double overtaking at the Italian Grand Prix… while the seven-time champion says he is ‘grateful’ to finish fifth after starting from behind and sustaining damage in the first round
- Lewis Hamilton recovered to fifth after starting 19th due to a grid penalty
- The Brit made a stunning double overtake on his climb through the field
- Max Verstappen and George Russell commented on the move after the race
- Hamilton was happy to finish fifth after a difficult weekend due to his penalty
Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 championship rival, Max Verstappen, and current Mercedes teammate George Russell were both impressed by a striking double overtake by the seven-time world champion at the Italian Grand Prix.
The 37-year-old recovered from 19th at the start after a grid penalty to finish fifth despite damage on the first lap after hitting debris from a collision ahead of him.
After the race, Verstappen and Russell – who finished third – watched the highlights of the race in the cool-down room and couldn’t help but comment on Hamilton’s move.
Lewis Hamilton produced a stunning double overtake on Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly
Hamilton (left) moved up to seventh with the stunning maneuver and would finish the Italian Grand Prix in fifth after starting 19th after an engine penalty
Max Verstappen (center) and George Russell (right) were both impressed by Hamilton’s move as they watched it in the cool-down room immediately after the race
It came on lap 36 when Lando Norris’ McLaren came out of the pits and was threatened by Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri in the first chicane.
Hamilton’s experience showed as he took advantage of the bickering pair in front of him and was able to get better traction out of the chicane and climb up to what was seventh position at the time.
On soft tires he had quick access to Daniel Ricciardo’s second McLaren, before moving up to fifth as Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez pitted for the second time.
When the overtake was shown in the cool down room, Verstappen said ‘double overtaking’ while pointing it out while Russell commented ‘oh wow’.
Hamilton was happy to finish fifth after his low starting spot and also sustained damage
The Italian Grand Prix ended behind a Safety Car after Ricciardo’s McLaren drove away with a mechanical failure.
After the race, Hamilton told Sky Sports he was “grateful” to finish fifth, but he was pleased the race ended behind the safety car as he could have been vulnerable to both Perez and Norris who were on fresher at the end. tires were.
The Briton said: ‘It was a good race. I wasn’t expecting… the guys said somewhere between sixth and fourth was possible, that always feels like a stretch to me. But I had fun.
“It was difficult at the beginning, with the heavy car behind everyone, trying to avoid a collision in the first corner and eventually getting stuck again behind an AlphaTauri (Yuki Tsunoda).
“But I’m really grateful that I came through and got those points. In the end, the two guys behind had fresher tires, so I’m pretty happy it ended like this.”
Hamilton started from 19th place as he was one of many cars to get grid penalties for the race
When asked if he had suffered any damage from the first lap, he said: “I avoided a collision, but something was definitely damaged.
“I think I hit a piece of debris that came from another car and damaged the fairing above the tire.”
When asked if it affected his pace, he added: “I have no idea. It didn’t feel that great. It fluttered around, but I have no idea what those things are for.’
Hamilton had qualified fifth on Saturday, but after taking on new engine components, he had to start from the back of the field.