LEWIS Hamilton says Mercedes already understand more of the reasons for their surprise US GP struggle and will “go back to the drawing board” for Mexico, when he will have a second chance to clinch his fifth world title.
Hamilton was made to wait at least seven days to seal the Drivers’ Championship after slipping from pole position to third place in a pulsating Austin race won by Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton has won the previous four races but conceded Mercedes “weren’t quick enough” in Texas when he was beaten by both a Red Bull and a Ferrari.
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“There are a lot of things that we could have done better and there are certain things that weren’t optimum for us which made it look even worse than it was,” said Hamilton, who was the only top-five finisher to make two pit stops.
“Ferrari gained a bit of pace and we seemed to lose a little bit of pace here. But we’ll go back to the drawing board and that’s why we’re the best because as a team because in there no one is to blame, we all take the blame together.
“I know the guys will do great analysis from today over the next couple of days and we’ll come back stronger the next race.”
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Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship by 66 points going into Mexico.Source:Getty Images
Mercedes’ lead of the Constructors’ Championship from Ferrari was trimmed to just 66 points in America after Hamilton finished two places behind Raikkonen and Silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap.
While acknowledging a return to form for the Scuderia, Hamilton, fresh from Mercedes’ post-race debrief, added: “There were a lot of things that were against us. I’ve only just discovered certain things, which make a lot of sense.
“Naturally then being that we were on the back foot, you could say strategy and all these different things, we weren’t quick enough today.
“But we are still in a great position and for me there is frustration because I want to win the title for the team. Today we lost points in the constructors’ with the team and collectively we’ve lost performance in some areas. But I think we know where it is. We still have three races to go.”
This story originally appeared on Sky Sports.
Originally published as Hamilton reveals Mercedes changes for Mexico GP
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