Hamilton frustrated to only finish sixth in India

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Lewis Hamilton has made no secret of his disappointment after only finishing sixth in today’s Indian Grand Prix despite being in contention for a podium finish for most of the race only to struggle in the final few laps.

Having started third, Hamilton dropped behind Felipe Massa off the start and settled into a good rhythm in fourth place. As the race wore on and the different strategies shook up the order, Hamilton maintained a good pace but he eventually lost out to one-stopping Romain Grosjean and McLaren’s Sergio Perez, with the latter pulling off an opportunistic overtake with just a few laps to go.

“It’s great that we got some good points, particularly with Nico’s podium, and that the team are back to second place [in the constructors’],” Hamilton explained. “The car has been pretty good this weekend but the race was frustrating for me. I tried so hard to get past Felipe but it just wasn’t possible and unfortunately I destroyed my tires in doing so.

“Finishing in sixth place is never satisfying but we’ve got three more races and we’ll keep pushing. I’m confident that we can get some more good results to keep the team in second place and we’ll keep fighting to achieve just that.”

Hamilton was also quick to congratulate newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel who clinched his fourth consecutive title with victory in India today.

“Massive congratulations to Seb on becoming four-time world champion today,” Hamilton said. “That’s an awesome achievement and he’s put in some incredible performances this season. I really hope we get to take the fight to him next year!”

The Briton currently lies in fourth place in the drivers’ championship, trailing third-placed Kimi Raikkonen by fourteen points.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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