Lewis Hamilton insists that he did the ‘best job I could’ at the French Grand Prix despite losing the race by being overtaken with just one lap left by title rival Max Verstappen at Paul Ricard

Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton played down the pain of his latest defeat by Formula One leader Max Verstappen in France on Sunday and said the race was a real reflection of Red Bull’s pace. The seventh race of the season was a reversal of the Spanish Grand Prix in May when Hamilton hunted down Verstappen, who said then that he felt like a sitting duck, in the closing laps to win. Hamilton had arrived at Le Castellet having scored just seven points from the previous two races won by Red Bull and lagging Verstappen by four. ‘If he (Verstappen) had not made a mistake in turn one, they would have just led the race all the way probably.’. ‘Lewis’s tyres were really worn,’ Verstappen said of the closing stages.

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