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Hamilton: 'Thank god' Mercedes ignored suggestion to retire

Lewis Hamilton was thankful that Mercedes had ignored his suggestion to retire from Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix after a first lap clash with Haas' Kevin Magnussen, as the Briton went on to deliver a remarkable fifth-place finish. Hamilton was running side by side with Magnussen into Barcelona's Turn 4 on the opening lap of the race when the pair made contact and the Mercedes driver picked up a puncture. Hamilton pitted for a tyre change and rejoined the race at the tail end of the field, 30 seconds behind the pack. Anticipating a long afternoon and a pointless effort, the seven-time world champion suggested over the radio that it would perhaps be better to spare his Mercedes engine. But...
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