After introducing an upgraded floor at the United States Grand Prix, Mercedes seems to have also upgraded its car’s performance.
This provided an opportunity for Lewis Hamilton to closely follow Max Verstappen in Saturday’s sprint race and the main race on Sunday.
Here’s what he learned.
“I think the only places we are probably on a level with them is in the low speed,” the Briton said.
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“Our car has generally been good in the low speed the last couple of years but the higher speed we go, the more separation of them is, that’s why you see them so quick in the race.
“It is always a good experience to be behind them because you can see first-hand where they can go on the power earlier than most of us, the car moves a lot less so degradation on the rear tyres is much easier to manage.
“I have been in that position before where I have had a much more stable rear end and it is so much easier to keep the temperatures lower on the tyre and go longer.
“They’ve just done a better job in that space where they have a more stable platform, to which it’s much easier to drive for Max,” Hamilton concluded.