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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton on 'mega' Miami race: 'It's what I live for'

Lewis Hamilton was delighted with his Miami Grand Prix race progress, with the Mercedes driver recovering from a P13 grid start.

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Lewis Hamilton was buoyed by his Miami Grand Prix fightback after claiming P6 from a lowly grid start position.

The seven-time World Champion faced a tall recovery task from P13 on the grid after Mercedes' worst qualifying session of the season.

Hamilton opted for a strategy of starting on the Hard compound tyres, which enabled a longer first stint before a switch to the faster Medium tyres.

Originally getting caught in a 'DRS train' behind competitors in the opening phase of the race, Hamilton made progress when the cars ahead started to pit.

Once he had made his only pit stop of the race, Hamilton then made key overtakes against the improving Alpine team and rivals Ferrari.

Coupled with George Russell's fourth place finish, Mercedes out-scored both Aston Martin and Ferrari in Miami.

When asked by media, including RacingNews365.com, about the satisfaction from carving his way through the field, Hamilton responded: "It's mega!"

"In the Sprint race at the last race [in Baku], for example, I was going backwards, and it's really demoralising when you're going back, it's really tough.

"So it was great to have pace and be seeing the cars up ahead and seeing the progress and knowing that we're going to be battling with people, and I had a couple of great overtakes as well.

"That's what I live for."

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