Lewis Hamilton is 32 points behind Sergio Perez with 52 remaining in the season in their fight for second place in the Drivers’ behind the runaway Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton acknowledges that his chances of surpassing Sergio Perez for second place in the Drivers’ Championship are slim, expressing that he doesn’t really mind if he beats Perez or not. Perez currently holds a 32-point advantage over Hamilton heading into the Las Vegas Grand Prix, meaning he only needs to maintain a lead of at least 26 points to secure Red Bull’s first-ever one-two in the Drivers’ standings. Despite Perez’s two victories compared to Hamilton’s none, the Mexican driver has faced difficulties recently, including a crash in his home race. Given the significant gap, Hamilton believes it is more worthwhile to focus on the 2024 car rather than trying to overtake Perez to finish as the runner-up behind Max Verstappen. Hamilton is appreciative of the progress made by Mercedes this season, considering their starting point and the fact that they are competing for second place in the Constructors’ Championship. Although the Brazilian Grand Prix was challenging for the team, Hamilton believes there is still potential in the car, and he remains confident in their ability to finish the season strongly.