Hamilton is now 12 points behind Verstappen in the drivers’ standings
But Patrick feels Hamilton and Mercedes still have what it takes to recover as the team look to avoid a first drivers’ championship defeat since 2013.
Praat verder Sky Sports after the race, sy het gese: “True champions know how to come back.
“I feel like Mercedes still had a great attitude – both Toto [Wolff, team principal] and Lewis seemed really cool and calm and I think that will pay off.
“They’ve been around, they’ve accomplished a ton and this one race won’t faze them with five to go.
“I thought Toto seemed calm, Lewis seemed calm and at the end of the day there’s basically a quarter of the season left. That’s a lot of season left and a lot can happen.
“At this point in time you have to look at the positives, and that’s five races left. DNFs [‘did not finish’] are possible and being exceptional, just as they have done in history, is totally possible.”
With five races left of the 2021 seisoen, Hamilton is bidding to recover the 12-point deficit to Verstappen, who is 12 years his junior.
Next up is the Mexico City Grand Prix in the first weekend of November.