Lewis Hamilton on Mexico and Brazil being ‘Red Bull tracks’

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With the next two races in Mexico and Brazil expected to favour Red Bull, Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes needs to “try to minimise how strong they can be”.

Max Verstappen has managed to pull off a major victory at the United States Grand Prix, at a track that was expected to favour Mercedes.

The next two races in Mexico and Brazil are now expected to favour Red Bull, so at the post-race press conference Hamilton was asked if he was concerned.

“I’m not thinking about it at the moment,” the Briton said.

“I’ve got to be happy with the job that I did today and live in the moment. Unfortunately we weren’t quick enough to win the race today but yeah, we just look forward and take it one race at a time.

“We have no idea… they are two circuits that are strong for Red Bull so we just try to minimise how strong they can be compared to us and see if we can do a better job,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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As part of Sky Sports’ US GP coverage, 2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button, also gave his comments on Red Bull’s supposed advantage.

“This is supposed to be a Mercedes track, and Red Bull won,” Button said.

“We say that Red Bull is very strong in Mexico, but then we look at the straight-line speed of the Mercedes, it’s massively fast.

“I think this year has proven that we are surprised pretty much every race we go to, so we really don’t know who’s going to be competitive at the next race.

“And that’s why we love it,” concluded the Briton.

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