Red Bull to stay at the top ‘for the next two years’ · Formula 1 · RaceFans

Red Bull to stay at the top ‘for the next two years’ · Formula 1 · RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton has little hope of catching up with Red Bull in the near future after Mercedes’ poor performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mercedes was encouraged by the introduction of a new floor design for the United States Grand Prix, at the start of three successive events that concluded last weekend. Hamilton finished second on the road in Austin, then was disqualified, but finished second in Mexico.

But the team had a terrible weekend in Brazil. Both drivers suffered tire failure and Hamilton could only finish seventh in the sprint. This was one place better than he managed in Sunday’s Grand Prix.

“I knew we were going to have a tough day,” Hamilton told the media after yesterday’s race. “Nothing changed in the car from yesterday to today so I knew it was going to be difficult.

“Yesterday, I just ate through the tires with an unexpected lack of speed. I think I drove better today in terms of at least doing my tasks, but we were just slow.”

“The tires were always overheating for us,” he added. “The tires were overheating, slow on the straights, and there was no grip in the corners.”

Ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, Mercedes said it was encouraged by the effect the new flooring had on the car. Hamilton admitted that the situation now appears less positive, but he hopes that the team’s investigation into its performance will reveal areas where things went wrong.

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“Ultimately, at this moment, it’s a step backwards,” he said. “But as a team we will come together and try to move forward.

“There will be a lot of analysis this week after today. I’m sure there will be things that will be like ‘Oh, maybe if we had done that, it would have been better’. But I think at the end of the day the car didn’t work here for some reason, and that’s the way it is.” .

After one of his stops in yesterday’s race, Hamilton reported that he felt as if the wheel was not aligned correctly. This turned out not to be a problem, he said.

“It’s very strange,” he said. “I wondered if the tire hadn’t been repaired or something but the car started turning right while I was turning left.”

The problem seems to solve itself. “It was okay in the end,” Hamilton said. “I think it was just wind or something, a gust of wind.”

He’s not sure if he expects his car to perform better at the next race at the new Las Vegas Strip. “I don’t expect that,” he said. “But it could be. You never know with this car.”

But after finishing more than a minute behind race winner Max Verstappen, Hamilton admitted it was becoming difficult to believe Mercedes would have an answer for Red Bull in the near future.

“At the end of the day, all I can do is try to remain optimistic,” he said. “I think Red Bull is a long way off and I think it will probably be very clear over the next couple of years.”

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