Lewis Hamilton clarifies Sergio Perez comments in latest Instagram post

Lewis Hamilton made it clear that he did not mean any disrespect towards the abilities of Sergio Perez with his comments in Mexico.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen passed both Mercedes of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas into Turn 1 at the start of the Mexican GP, moving into a lead which he would convert into a comfortable and crucial victory.

Hamilton was able to finish P2, though he did have a late threat to deal with as Perez homed in on fresher tyres, though ultimately Hamilton had just enough pace in his W12 to prevent an overtake.

There is no doubt that Red Bull were the superior package in Mexico, as Hamilton accepted, but his choice of words relating to Perez did cause come drama.

“I started second and finished second, so I can’t complain,” Hamilton told Sky F1 after the race.

“Jeez, their pace, it was just unbelievable today, and there was nothing I could do to battle that – and when you’ve got Checo on your tail, then you know the car is quick.”

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Was Hamilton knocking Perez there? The Mexican racer had until recent rounds struggled to insert himself consistently into the Mercedes/Red Bull battle, and still has not yet found a level of performance which can see him challenge team-mate Verstappen.

Hamilton though took to Instagram to clear up his comments, and stressed that he was not in any way discrediting Perez’s abilities.

“Just want to make sure people don’t read what I was saying wrong yesterday,” he wrote in his story.

“I have a lot of respect for Perez and think he’s doing a great job in his new team.

“He’s improved so much this season and I know how hard it is to progress with a new team, it takes time.

“My comment was that simply following another car in Mexico is the hardest thing due to the low drag we all have.

“That’s why there is very little overtaking. However, he was able to follow so closely which highlights just how much more downforce they were able to carry.

“Big up Checo for keeping it clean.”

 

Victory for Verstappen in Mexico allowed him to move 19 points clear of Hamilton at the top of the Drivers’ Championship, while in the Constructors’ Mercedes now only lead Red Bull by a single point.

 

 

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