Lewis Hamilton: “We are now in between the Red Bulls”

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After the Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull still has the “upper hand”, but he is “grateful for the progress we have made as a team”.

Lewis Hamilton finished the Mexican Grand Prix in P2, behind Max Verstappen, but some have suggested that perhaps he could have won the race if he started on soft tyres, like the Dutch driver did.

When asked about it afterwards, Lewis said he thinks it ultimately wouldn’t have made a difference.

“I think ultimately they still have the upper hand, they’re still a little bit quicker,” the Briton said.

“Maybe today we were the closest that we’ve ever been and perhaps if we were on the same tyre maybe it was a couple of tenths a lap perhaps.

“But they’re quite quick in a straight line and not losing through the corners. I was in his tow and I was struggling just to keep up so they’ve definitely got a little bit more in the tank than we do.

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“But we’re getting closer. I think if we had started on the soft, maybe I would have been the same distance behind in that first stint. I don’t really know what else… what different we would do.

“Perhaps we would have tried the undercut and ultimately that would have been much more enjoyable to try something like that.

“But, yeah, hindsight is a great thing. I’m just grateful for the progress we have made as a team and the fact that we are now in between the Red Bulls.

“I think that’s huge,” Hamilton concluded.

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