"Fifth place is definitely not good compared to first", said Hamilton, who is three points ahead of the German.
"I was very relieved when I crossed the line", he said later. You gain a bit, you lose a bit - you kind of say I could've got more there but I think the gap was, in the end, three four tenths.
Valtteri Bottas, the teammate of Hamilton managed to get the sixth place. I am happy with my performance, I am just frustrated we weren't able to be quicker and compete with the Ferraris.
Having started from fifth, on one of the toughest tracks in Formula One for overtaking, Hamilton could not believe his luck.
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"And it is like the years before - you need to stay calm and asses what the reasons could be we are underperforming here".
But Hamilton kept his cool to not only remain in charge of the championship - a scenario which appeared nearly impossible here on Saturday night - but extended his lead to more than a single victory. "Obviously we are not in the race, that's a pity, we can't show the pace that we have but I am sure there will be more opportunities".
"Grid position is crucial but still it is a long race".
"I had an average start, moved slightly to the left and was trying to fend off Max", Vettel explained. "So not too bothered where other people are".
Hamilton, who has 4.8 million followers on Twitter, told fans on Snapchat earlier in the week that he was going to watch the Netflix documentary "What the Health" and was "on a mission" to go vegan.
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