Verstappen ignores team orders as Hamilton yields to Russell demand

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he feels his podium finish at the Singapore Grand Prix was a missed opportunity to win the entire race.

The Brit finished seventh behind Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris but the Mercedes star feels that starting fifth on the grid ultimately prevented him from pushing for first place.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s all in hindsight but I think, the thing I’m most disappointed with was that yes, George (Russell) was so close to pole yesterday, I should’ve been on pole yesterday.

“But then, we had a good race. The race was kind of textbook. The team did a great job with the strategy. I’m in my element in the race, qualifying just needs to get better.

“George was great all weekend but I think as a team we risked it at the end and took the chance, and I love that the team is doing that. But it was a big gap to close up, it was definitely hard to overtake those guys at the end of the race. We probably needed another five or 10 laps and we’d have got them.”

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