Oct 27, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT
Lewis Hamilton has made no secret of his disappointment after only finishing sixth in today’s Indian Grand Prix despite being in contention for a podium finish for most of the race only to struggle in the final few laps.
Having started third, Hamilton dropped behind Felipe Massa off the start and settled into a good rhythm in fourth place. As the race wore on and the different strategies shook up the order, Hamilton maintained a good pace but he eventually lost out to one-stopping Romain Grosjean and McLaren’s Sergio Perez, with the latter pulling off an opportunistic overtake with just a few laps to go.
“It’s great that we got some good points, particularly with Nico’s podium, and that the team are back to second place [in the constructors'],” Hamilton explained. “The car has been pretty good this weekend but the race was frustrating for me. I tried so hard to get past Felipe but it just wasn’t possible and unfortunately I destroyed my tires in doing so.
“Finishing in sixth place is never satisfying but we’ve got three more races and we’ll keep pushing. I’m confident that we can get some more good results to keep the team in second place and we’ll keep fighting to achieve just that.”
Hamilton was also quick to congratulate newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel who clinched his fourth consecutive title with victory in India today.
“Massive congratulations to Seb on becoming four-time world champion today,” Hamilton said. “That’s an awesome achievement and he’s put in some incredible performances this season. I really hope we get to take the fight to him next year!”
The Briton currently lies in fourth place in the drivers’ championship, trailing third-placed Kimi Raikkonen by fourteen points.