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Mercedes have ‘really big problems’, Hamilton claims

A fourth Formula One name seems to be Lewis Hamilton’s to lose, however the Mercedes guy was once a long way from happy after the Malaysian GP.

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Lewis Hamilton on the Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton claims his Mercedes W08 is affected by “some really big problems” and isn’t the most productive automotive within the Formula One box after he needed to accept 2nd in the back of Max Verstappen on the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The three-time global champion started the race on pole at Sepang however may now not save you the Red Bull teenager from claiming the chequered flag, whilst name rival Sebastian Vettel recovered from beginning behind the grid to complete fourth.

Hamilton did prolong his lead within the drivers’ standings to 34 issues from Ferrari’s Vettel, however the 32-year-old minimize a downcast determine when he addressed the media after the race.   

“There is a lot of work for us to do,” he mentioned.

“But there is not anything we will be able to do, it is the means the automobile is. 

“People have been pronouncing throughout the year that we have the most productive automotive. It’s a reality at some races that the automobile has became out to be higher however total, globally, I feel it is labored out that now we have now not were given the most productive automotive. 

“We’ve done an exceptional job with what we have. There are some really big problems which I can’t really explain to you what they are but we really need to make sure we rectify them for next year’s cars if we really want to fight both Ferrari and Red Bull when they step up their game.”

There are 5 races last this season, with the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka arising subsequent weekend, even supposing Hamilton claims to be unsure the place the Mercedes will carry out easiest over the climax to the marketing campaign.

“I don’t know which one of these next races are going to be good for us but we’ll do everything we can to try and stay ahead,” he mentioned.

Mercedes’ leader Toto Wolff shared the troubles of Hamilton and steered the crew to retain their composure as they search to rectify the deficit in tempo all through the weeks forward. 

“I’m very down,” Wolff advised Sky Sports. “You can’t have a look at it and say we have scored extra issues than Ferrari – we have misplaced such a lot tempo this weekend.

“We had been part a 2nd down on Ferrari [per lap] and most definitely if Max had driven to the tip we might have been part a 2nd down on Max.

“How can a automotive this is so speedy on many circuits lose such a lot with the tyre this is overheating?

“In Singapore we had been in reality just right within the rainy. At the instant it’s about holding calm and seeking to analyse it.”

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