Following victory in today’s Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has completed a remarkable turnaround to take the lead of the 2014 F1 drivers’ championship for just the second time in 2014.
The British driver found himself trailing teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg by 29 points following the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of last month, but after scoring two races wins – and with Rosberg retiring from today’s race – he has now taken a three-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.
“Of course I was dreaming it last night, but you never really think it’s going to happen,” Hamilton said when asked if he thought he would win today’s race. “I just want to say a huge thanks to me team. What they’ve done this year is absolutely incredible and to be able to arrive here knowing that we have a car we can fight with.
“The feeling I had through the race, I couldn’t do it without them, so thank you guys.”
Hamilton did have some concerns about tire degradation during the second stint of his race after a safety car period threatened his hopes of a second victory in Singapore, but he was pleased with the call made in the end.
“I think at the time, it was just not really knowing what the situation was,” he explained. “I knew I had a big gap, but I was thinking if a safety car comes out, what does that mean, but then when I came in, I knew I had to fight the guys that had been on a long, long run down tire, I knew that we would have a chance to get by.”
After being dogged with bad luck in 2014, Hamilton was pleased to have a perfect weekend in Singapore, even if it was not the team result Mercedes would have wanted.
“I was looking for that clean weekend, and this has been it and it’s been fantastic,” Lewis said. “Obviously it’s not been perfect for the team because Nico didn’t finish, and of course we’re always striving to get both cars finishing one-two. There’s things we can still work on.”