Max Verstappen and George Russell comment on Lewis Hamilton's overtake

Max Verstappen and George Russell impressed by Lewis Hamilton’s double overtake during the Italian Grand Prix… as the seven-time champion says he’s ‘grateful’ to finish fifth after starting from the back and suffering first-lap damage

  • Lewis Hamilton recovered to fifth after starting 19th due to a grid penalty 
  • The Brit pulled off a stunning double overtake on his climb up through the field 
  • Max Verstappen and George Russell commented on the move after the race
  • Hamilton was happy to finish fifth after a difficult weekend due to his penalty 

Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 championship rival Max Verstappen, and current Mercedes team-mate George Russell, were both impressed by an eye-catching double overtake pulled off by the seven-time world champion during the Italian Grand Prix.

The 37-year-old recovered from 19th at the start after a grid penalty, to finish fifth despite suffering first-lap damage, after hitting debris from a collision ahead of him. 

After the race, Verstappen and Russell – who finished third – were watching highlights of the race in the cool-down room and they couldn’t help but comment on the move pulled off by Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton produced a stunning double overtake on Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly 

Hamilton (left) moved up to seventh with the stunning manoeuvre and would go on to finish the Italian Grand Prix in fifth having started in 19th following an engine penalty

Max Verstappen (centre) and George Russell (right) were both impressed by Hamilton’s move as they watched it in the cool-down room immediately after the race

It came on Lap 36 when the McLaren of Lando Norris came out of the pits and came under threat into the first chicane by Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri.

Hamilton’s experience showed as he took advantage of the squabbling pair ahead of him and was able to get better traction out of the chicane and move up to what was seventh position at the time.

On soft tyres, he was quickly able to dispose of the second McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo, before moving up to fifth when Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez pitted for a second time.

When the overtake was shown in the cool-down room, Verstappen said ‘double overtake’ as he pointed it out while Russell remarked ‘oh wow’.

Hamilton was happy to finish fifth after his low starting spot and also suffering damage

The Italian Grand Prix finished behind a Safety Car after Ricciardo’s McLaren pulled off with a mechanical failure.

After the race, Hamilton told Sky Sports that he was ‘grateful’ to finish fifth, but was glad the race ended behind the safety car as he could have been vulnerable to both Perez and Norris who were on fresher tyres at the end.

The Brit said: ‘It was a good race. I didn’t expect… the guys were saying anywhere between sixth and fourth was possible, that always feels like a stretch for me. But I had fun.

“It was tricky in the beginning, with the car heavy and behind everyone, trying to avoid a collision at the first corner and ended up getting stuck behind an AlphaTauri (Yuki Tsunoda) once again.

 “But I’m really grateful that I got through and got those points. In the end, the two guys behind had fresher tyres so I’m kinda glad that it finished the way it did.’

Hamilton started from 19th as he was one of several cars to take grid penalties for the race

When asked if he carried any damage from the first lap, he said: ‘I avoided a collision but there was definitely something damaged. 

‘I think I hit a bit of debris that came off another car and damaged the little fairing over the tyre.’

When asked if it affected his pace, he added: ‘I have no idea. It didn’t feel that great. It was flapping around but I have no idea what those things are for.’ 

Hamilton had qualified fifth on Saturday but after taking on new engine components he had to start from the back of the field. 

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