Hamilton says he knows “what the problem is” with Mercedes’ car

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Lewis Hamilton says it is not his “job to design the car”, but he’s “hopeful” the team will “do the job, but it is going to take real changes real quick”.

After a disappointing Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton said he knows what the problem is with Mercedes’ car.

“I know what the problem is, it’s just getting the guys to make the changes,” the Briton said.

“I try to argue my point but it is not my job to design the car. I am hopeful they do the job but it is going to take real changes real quick.”

He added he will see the designers in the wind tunnel, to “see if they are making those changes”.

As for Mercedes’ performance in Suzuka, Lewis said:

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“It didn’t feel that shocking today. It was just unfortunately slow.

“I just have a huge lack of rear downforce so you are fighting the rear on a knife edge, you are right on the limit, and that means your [tyre] temperatures are going up and you’re losing grip through thermal deg [degradation] through the lap.

“An easy one second ahead of us for him [Verstappen]. I’ve had cars like that before and I know what it feels like, and it’s pretty special when you drive a lap with a car with that sort of balance around here.

“So I am pushing and hoping for my team to build me that for next year,” the Briton concluded.

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