Hamilton: Championship turnaround ‘way faster than I expected’

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Lewis Hamilton admits that he did not expect to cut the points deficit to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship as quickly as he has done.

19 days ago, Hamilton was left disgruntled after qualifying third in Monaco thanks to an issue on his car that prevented him from taking part in half of the final session for pole position.

However, he fought back to win in Monaco before claiming another victory one week ago in Canada, while Rosberg finished seventh and fifth in the respective races.

As a result, the points difference has shrunk from 43 to just nine heading into this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Speaking to NBCSN, Hamilton admitted that he did not expect things to turn around so quickly in the fight for the championship.

“No, definitely not. I remember thinking back in Monaco and thinking when are we going to get a break, my side of the garage,” Hamilton said.

“It’s been an awesome turnaround, way faster than I expected. I think for all of us in the team, just not giving up and keep pushing.

“I can’t tell you how valuable it has been. For sure it has been a huge boost for everyone. We took photos at the end of the last race, and I could see how happy the guys were.

“It felt like everything, they were at least back to normal and they’re comfortable with what they’re doing and hopefully we can continue it on.”

Hamilton is relishing the opportunity to race at a new track this weekend as the Baku City Circuit plays host to its first F1 event.

“New circuits, always [look forward to them],” Hamilton said.

“The weather is amazing and the city looks incredible. I’m excited to see how it goes.”