Lewis Hamilton: “There’s still everything to play for”

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Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull has “a good set of circuits coming up”, but Mercedes will “keep trying, keep pushing, remain hopeful and just do the work”.

Monza and Sochi are considered to be tracks that suit Mercedes, and the team was expected to maximise its results there.

However, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashing at Monza, and Max finishing in P2 at Sochi (after swapping his engine and starting the Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid) it can be argued that Mercedes wasn’t able to fully exploit their advantage.

Despite this, Hamilton says the team will not be deterred.

“Look, it’s not only the two races,” Lewis said.

“There’s been plenty of races where we’ve not maximised, as a team, collectively, both drivers and everyone but we’re still in a fight and we can continue to improve.

“There are definitely things that we will try and do better moving forwards but we just won’t give up, we’ll just keep trying, keep pushing, remain hopeful and just do the work.”

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Lewis is bracing for a tough fight in the last seven races of the season.

“Well, undoubtedly it’s going to be tough. I think, for two thirds of the season so far they’ve had the edge.

“However, it’s obviously been difficult with all sorts of things, curve balls sent to both of us and our teams. There’s still everything to play for in these next races.

“I think they’ve got a good set of circuits coming up and I anticipate or just continue to be really close between us.

“Just got to be hopeful of some good races,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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