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F1 News: Lewis Hamilton says starting at the back “is way more fun than starting first”

Lewis Hamilton’s Italian GP was a race of damage limitation, as the 7-time champion climbed up the field after being forced to start at the back due to engine penalties.

Hamilton has spent most of his career in championship-contending machines, with the W13 proving his first car since 2013 that lacks the pace to secure him the title.

The Silver Arrows will have to regroup over the winter to re-assert themselves at the front next season but have conceded that Red Bull is well in control of both championships this year.

As quoted by The Mirror, Lewis Hamilton has explained that he prefers battling further down the field:

“We have to be realistic. That Red Bull is almost unbeatable. It’s going to take some real doing to beat that car. Performance-wise, they are fully ahead of everyone. 

“We haven’t caught them, and we don’t have the upgrades coming to overtake them, so it’s going to take some fortune going our way.

“[it’s] Not impossible because we could have potentially beaten them in Zandvoort, maybe could have beaten them in Budapest. 

“But [Verstappen] has generally chilled at the front, so you never know the true pace

“[It’s] a thousand times more enjoyable battling with people. I remember my first go-kart was like an old kart. We always had to start at the back, old tyres – that’s what I always enjoyed doing. 

“So today, having those battles is way more fun than starting first. It’s a different chapter, but I much prefer battles.”

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