The touching message to Sainz highlights the tremendous sportsmanship on display from Hamilton, who believed he could have recorded a spectacular ninth win at Silverstone if luck was on his side on Sunday. He admirably battled Red Bull’s Perez but was narrowly pipped to second by the Mexican while he was able to easily pass Leclerc, whose Ferrari was stuck on old hard tyres.
“I was doing good times and catching them up and had a really good, long stint and I really thought maybe we could fight for the win, but unfortunately the gaps were a bit too big and the pit stop wasn’t very good,” Hamilton concluded. “At the end I struggled with the warm-up and lost out to two cars. It was so tough today.”
The 22-race F1 2022 campaign continues with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 10.