Hamilton says W14’s performance “gives us a lot of confidence”

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Lewis Hamilton says the W14’s performance gives Mercedes “a lot of confidence” for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, but they “have to make some real big changes for next year”.

After Mercedes introduced an upgraded floor for the W14, Lewis Hamilton has put in some fantastic performances at the United States and Mexican grands prix.

The Briton says this gives Mercedes a lot of confidence going into the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

It definitely gives us a lot of confidence,” the Briton said.

“I mean, last year, at the same time, we were doing the same thing, but last year, I think we were three-tenths behind Max in quali – or something like that, and I came second again but he walked off with it.

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“So, we’re really just mirroring what we did last year. So, we have to make some real big changes for next year.

“Because obviously, in Bahrain earlier this year, they’re 1.5 seconds a lap faster than us at least. So key is to make sure that’s not the case in Bahrain, but I think hopefully these next couple of races will be close.

“But I’d probably put money on it that he’d get to 18, 19, with that car,” Hamilton concluded.

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