After introducing a significant floor upgrade at the United States Grand Prix, Mercedes’ car seems to have been greatly improved.
Lewis Hamilton says the team’s performances at the US and Mexican grands prix, put the team “in a good position” for the next race in Brazil.
“Coming from a difficult race in Qatar, then having a good race in Austin really helps you leap on to the next race,” Lewis said.
“So this puts us in a good position for next week.”
Lewis then discussed the ‘pivotal’ moments that happened in Mexico. One of those was Sergio Perez’s collision with Charles Leclerc at the start, which put the Mexican driver out of the race.
“I think the pivotal moment was obviously what happened at turn one that opened up the doors a little bit for us to gain a position there, at least one position there.
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“And I think just striking the right balance on the setup and then just making the right decisions in terms of when to push, when to try to overtake and when not to.
“Tyre management was really the key. I think stopping early to get past the Ferrari. Normally here it’s difficult to know whether you have an undercut or overcut but the undercut was really quite strong.
“So that was their chance, they should have stopped either before us or just after us. And then after that was really the opportunity with the safety car.
“Obviously we stopped earlier so I didn’t know how long I would be able to take that hard tyre all the way to the end.
“I was a bit worried because they had seven laps younger tyres or something like that.
“But yeah, so when the red flag came out [due to Kevin Magnussen’s crash], I was like yeah, a bit of breathing space,” Hamilton concluded.