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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who was recently crowned world champion for the fourth time, said that while he enjoyed his day of racing at Interlagos on Sunday, he did not find any particular challenge in overtaking, given the fact that he was starting from pitlane.
After messing up his qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton was left to conduct a charge through the field.
Chasing from behind, he was proficient in ticking off his competitors with ease, and conceded that executing passes wasn’t particularly difficult.
“Honestly, they didn’t really feel like any one of them was particularly special to me,” Hamilton said.
“I’m not a big fan of DRS. While I think DRS enables overtaking, it’s like a band-aid for the ultimate flaw in the whole concept of a Formula 1 car: that you can’t follow.
“They were just about getting up close and using the DRS, which is not like go-karting when you have to get close and then manoeuvre.”
Hamilton did, however, claim to be quite proud of the pass he made on Perez on the outside of Turn 1.
“I was quite happy about that but there wasn’t any other highlighted overtaking manoeuvre that I wished that I could have done.
“This is a race track where it’s difficult to get past, but the delta is actually smaller than in other places.
“If you look at most of the circuits we go to, the delta to overtake the car in front is usually a second and a half or something like that.
“You have to be a second and a half faster and that’s a whole tyre compound and a bit.
“That just shows there is obviously a weakness and a flaw in the cars’ design, and while the cars are fantastic this year, that’s an area we can improve on for the future.”