Lewis Hamilton: We should have won in Singapore
Lewis Hamilton is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. Hamilton began his car racing career in the 2001 British Formula Renault Winter Series.
Hamilton is a five-time Formula One World Champion, he is often considered the best driver of his generation and widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. He won his first World Championship title with McLaren in 2008, then moved to Mercedes where he won back-to-back titles from 2014 to 2015 and again from 2017 to 2018. He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport.
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Lewis Hamilton was disappointed Mercedes did not pit him earlier at the Singapore Grand Prix, where he felt "easily" capable of winning.
Hamilton, starting P2 and sandwiched in between the two Ferrari cars, was the last of the front runners to pit under the night lights, with many questioning why Mercedes did not try and attempt their own undercut instead.
Hamilton was forced to come home in P4 behind Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen and bemoaned the fact that Mercedes did not try the undercut and kept him out instead.
The defending champion started from second, having been stunned by Charles Leclerc on Saturday, but Mercedes paid the price for leaving Hamilton out in front after his rivals had pitted.
Hamilton wanted to take a risk and head into the pits earlier and acknowledged his finish was "painful".
"I knew that we should have undercut. I kind of knew it this morning in the brief," he told Sky Sports. "I thought we should take the risk but they didn't.
"We win and lose together as a team, so we'll take this on our chin. It's painful for us because we clearly, easily could have won today."
Ferrari have now won three races on the bounce, their best run since 2008 as Mercedes go through their longest streak without a victory in the hybrid era.