Max Verstappen and George Russell were impressed by Lewis Hamilton’s double overtake during the Italian Grand Prix… as the seven-time champion says he is ‘grateful’ to finish fifth after starting from behind and suffering damage on the first lap
- Lewis Hamilton dropped back to fifth after starting 19th due to a grid penalty
- The Briton pulled off a stunning double overtake on his climb through the field
- Max Verstappen and George Russell commented on the move after the race
- Hamilton was delighted to finish fifth after a difficult weekend due to his penalty
Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 championship rival Max Verstappen and current Mercedes team-mate George Russell were both impressed by an impressive double overtake by the seven-time world champion during the Italian Grand Prix.
The 37-year-old recovered from 19th at the start after a grid penalty to finish fifth despite suffering damage on the opening lap after hitting debris from a crash in front of him.
After the race, Verstappen and Russell – who finished third – were watching footage of the race in the cool-down room and couldn’t help but comment on Hamilton’s move.
Lewis Hamilton pulled off 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 (centre) 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 at the first chicane by Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri.
Hamilton’s experience showed as he took advantage of the battling pair in front of him and was able to get better grip out of the chicane and move up to seventh at the time.
On the soft tyres, he was quickly able to fend off the second McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo, before moving up to fifth when Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez pitted for a second time.
When the overtake appeared in the chilly room, Verstappen said “double overtaking” as he pointed it out, while Russell remarked “oh wow”.
Hamilton was happy to finish fifth after his low starting position and also suffered damage
The Italian Grand Prix ended behind a Safety Car after Ricciardo’s McLaren retired with mechanical failure.
After the race, Hamilton told Sky Sports he was “grateful” to finish fifth but was glad the race ended behind the safety car as he could have been vulnerable to both Perez and Norris who were on fresher tires in end.
The Briton said: “It was a good race. I didn’t expect… the guys were saying anywhere between sixth and fourth was possible, that’s always like a stretch for me. But I had fun with it.
“It was difficult at the start, with the car heavy and behind everyone, trying to avoid a crash in the first corner and ended up stuck behind an AlphaTauri (Yuki Tsunoda) once again.
“But I’m really thankful that I got through and got those points. In the end, the two guys behind had fresher tires, so I’m kind of happy that it ended the way it did.”
Hamilton started 19th as he was one of several cars to receive grid penalties for the race
When asked if he took any damage from the first round, he said: “I avoided a crash, but something was definitely damaged.
“I think I hit some debris that came off another car and destroyed the little fairing on top of the tire.”
Asked if it affected his pace, he added: “I have no idea. It didn’t feel so good. It was flying, but I have no idea what these things are for.”
Hamilton had qualified fifth on Saturday, but after receiving new engine parts had to start at the back of the field.