The Mercedes driver is now the most successful Grand Prix driver of all time and has been tipped by the media to become Britain's latest sporting "Sir" in the country's New Year's honours list.
"They were not a step forward". "The opposite pretty much".
"At the end of 2019 they brought a new tyre, which they normally do, and it was quite a bit worse". "There's no surprise by that but from our side, we just need to focus on getting an even better balance in the vehicle and then just focus on the race because the tyres here they're quite tricky, there's a lot of degradation lap after lap. If that's all they've got, and that's the best they can do, which it clearly is, we'd be better just to stay with this tyre".
"This one is worse for sure, and it would make all the problems that we suffer with already only worse".More news: Chinese foreign minister arrives in S.Korea amid talk about Xi visit
"They're OK. They were a little slow", he explained.
"They've had two years now to develop a better tyre and we've arrived with a tyre that's three kilos heavier and is like a second worse per lap.""But yeah, the front tyre felt a bit weaker so there is a bit less grip". More news: Women's soccer goalie could make college football history at Vanderbilt
"I flew to Paris to be a representative of the GPDA, and sat with the FIA, all the teams, and Pirelli", he said. So then they just said, 'Okay, well now we just keep the tyre that we had from a year ago'.
"So going there we delivered [what we wanted], and lots of emails have gone back and forth to help them. That kind of direct conversation was more and more important to me".
Lewis Hamilton locks a tyre during the opening practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
"I started experiencing racism when I was five and people looked upon it so lightly, when someone would throw out these words, the bullying and the beatings and intimidation", Hamilton said.More news: Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs West Indies 1st T20I 2020
"As far as I am aware, there is a lot of talk and I have not really thought a lot about it, but it would be an incredible honour". But I think everyone's probably in a similar position out there, the track is quite slippery and it's gusty.