Hamilton says he had pace in hand

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he had pace in hand as he had no real reason to push during certain stages of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton retained the lead from pole position and cruised away from his rivals, as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg worked his way into second place after a slow start.

Rosberg remained within a few seconds of Hamilton for much of the race but the Briton said he was simply controlling the pace at the head of the pack.

"For me it was an amazing weekend, incredible job by the team the all weekend, today was a dream, all weekend the car was fantastic," said an ecstatic Hamilton.

"Nico had good pace but I was able to answer most of the time, it was about looking after the tyres [as] I saw another car’s [Sebastian Vettel] tyre blow at the end.

"I was very cautious so Nico could close the gap quite a way, but I felt 100% all weekend."

Hamilton said that he took a steady approach to his laps following the pit stops.

"It was really just about utilising the tyres, I didn’t push hard on the out laps, took it easy for three or four laps, then I started to push," he said.

"I had great pace in the car, balance was getting better throughout the race, no real need to push anymore, I had a comfortable gap and it doesn’t matter if it’s won by a tenth or 10 seconds."

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