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Hamilton shows his fire is burning brightly

Sports | Nov 14, 2017
Lewis Hamilton had mixed emotions about a fourth-place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix after starting from the pit lane because he crashed in qualifying.

The Briton, 32, who clinched a fourth Formula 1 world title at the Mexican Grand Prix two weeks ago, stormed through the field in his Mercedes to lead the race for a period between the leaders' pit stops. But he was unable to complete a remarkable drive and become the third man to finish on the podium from a pit lane start as Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari clung to third.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the race ahead of Hamilton's teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

"It was fun," said Hamilton. "It was like my karting days when starting at the back.

"But I messed up [in qualifying] and put myself in the worst possible position. I know I was quick enough to win from pole position to the flag, and I made the job a lot harder. My goal was to redeem myself - do the team proud.

"But I think I continued to show I've still got fire in my heart ... and many more races ahead."

Two drivers have claimed podium finishes from a pit lane: Jarno Trulli for Toyota at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix and Vettel for Red Bull at the 2012 Abu Dhabi race.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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