The Suzuka race gave us what many of us expected; The victory of Max Verstappen. The Dutchman once again confirmed that the race in Singapore 'was a coincidence', and that Red Bull is currently the strongest in F1. Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, was not satisfied with the 5th place.
The Briton seems to have 'written off' this season and is already thinking about the next season. He believes that the next 6 months will be crucial for Mercedes. "There are things that I've asked for that we've gone in part of the direction for next year,” Hamilton told Sky, as quoted by crash.net!
"I think all the points that George and I give have been fully listened to. I have no idea where the car is going to be next year but we are a long, long way away. The next six months have got to be the greatest six months of development we've ever had to close that gap.
To be really banging on the door. But the evidence is there at the McLarens and we can't turn a blind eye to that. We've got to look at what they've done and go in that direction. That is the direction but I truly believe my team can do it."
Lewis Hamilton: We still are an amazing team
Lewis Hamilton dominated for years with Mercedes, but it was known that it would have to come to an end.
It is especially frustrating when you have been a leading force in a sport for many years, and then you have to get used to worse results. Hamilton wants Mercedes to become 'the old one' as soon as possible, and to return to where they belong.
"We've always been great at putting downforce on the car, it's just that the way our car currently works, adding downforce just isn't working - it's just bouncing more. Hopefully with the change in philosophy we will be back to where this team deserve because this is a world championship team.
We still are an amazing team and I have absolute faith in everyone. But decisions that are made at this period of time are critical for our trajectory”.
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