Lewis Hamilton: “We need more grip and we need more power”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is currently “not fighting for the top step”, but adds him and George Russell “put in some decent times and pace”.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was another hard race for Mercedes, with the team struggling to keep up with the top runners.

Lewis Hamilton explains the team is still far off the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari.

“Right now we are not fighting for the top step,” the Briton said.

“We are still far off the guys who are ahead and we’ve got a lot of work to do. It feels like a long way away. We need more grip and we need more power.

“The end result was not great but the race was going really well, I felt relatively well on the hard tyre.

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“I was keeping up with George and, I think, I put in some decent times and pace considering how old the hard tyres were and then the strategy at the end.

“I don’t know if it was strategy or the virtual safety car, we lost out so much so I think we will keep working hard and keep fighting because that’s all we can do.

“We are still really down on speed and on the speed trace. I don’t know if that is just one fix or several things.

“I don’t know how much drag we have compared to the others, but it feels like a lot,” Hamilton concluded.

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