Lewis Hamilton says “unless something drastic happens” to Red Bull or Ferrari, “it’s highly unlikely we’ll have the true pace to be able to compete with them”.
At the United States Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was in a position to fight for his first race win of the season. However, ultimately his Mercedes was no match for Verstappen’s Red Bull.
Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis explains his strong position at COTA had more to do with grid penalties for Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez, than with Mercedes’ pure performance.
“I think we really need to be realistic,” the Briton said.
“The Red Bull car has been the fastest car by far all year and it is still the fastest car. So [at the US Grand Prix] we were in the position we were in through reliability.
“If Charles was there, if Perez was there for example, it would have been a different race because they would have been ahead of us. We would have been on the third row.
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“It was great to start third and be in a position to fight, but on true pace they were ahead of us today and they will be the next three races.”
Asked if he thinks he can still win one of the three remaining races, Lewis said:
“Unless something drastic happens to any more of them, it’s highly unlikely we’ll have the true pace to be able to compete with them.
“We’ll give it everything we’ve got and we’re working on a car to be able to fight with them.
“[Verstappen] was behind Charles, that just shows how much pace they had in hand, to get past Charles, catch me, and finish three seconds ahead,” Hamilton concluded.