Lewis Hamilton on whether Mercedes can battle Ferrari in Japan

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After qualifying directly behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton gave his thoughts on whether Mercedes can take the fight to the Italian team at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton qualified for the Japanese Grand Prix right behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. After the session he was asked if he thinks Mercedes will be able to take the fight to the Italian team.

“Well, they had an upgrade this weekend, so they are definitely a little bit ahead of us,” Lewis said.

“And it’s not an easy track to overtake, but I’m still going to give it everything and hope that I can give them a run for their money tomorrow.”

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Lewis added that next year Mercedes needs to at least halve the gap to the dominant Red Bull.

“I think we as a team, when we go back and do the debrief now… a second gap is huge and it’s real.

“To be two years in and still be a second down compared to the Red Bulls…

“We need to make sure we really do the job over the winter to get at least half that gap before next year,” the Briton concluded.

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