From fifth on the grid on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton said he would make an effort to give the home crowds something special despite realizing a record ninth British Grand Prix victory was challenging to achieve.
The seven-time Formula One world champion told reporters that although he was “a little bit gutted,” he would be aggressive in the race despite the possibility of a top-three qualifying finish.
Struggling Toto Wolff, the team owner of Mercedes, stated on Thursday that he aimed to provide Hamilton with a car good enough to win for the first time this year. Mercedes has brought some significant modifications to Silverstone.
Regarding qualifying, Hamilton remarked, “We were battling for the front row right up to the second-to-last lap. I was (then) ordered to back off and go for the last lap, but it rained, so it was just a little unlucky.”
“They (Mercedes) planned to use a more aggressive power mode and recharge the battery for the final lap… the last lap was messed up since it started to rain a little harder while we were doing that.
“We have this wonderful crowd, and I was in the fight, I was feeling great,” he continued. “I was very hopeful.”
The car was still hopping, according to Hamilton, especially in the corners, but the race pace was good.
He stated of opponents Red Bull and Ferrari, “I’m hoping we’re a little bit closer on race pace compared to the last race and if we are, then if I can just hold on to them, then maybe I can improve.”
Don’t worry, I’ll be aggressive tomorrow.
The 37-year-old, who won just his second podium of the year in Montreal two weeks ago, said that fifth place wasn’t a terrible place to start.
In a different race, he would have been “very thrilled,” but because it was the British Grand Prix, he remarked, “you’re hoping for something more.”