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Mercedes has ended its polemic streak at the Circuit of the Americas. A series that began in 2014 with the start of the hybrid era and that has burst Max Verstappen in 2021 in full fight for the championship against Lewis Hamilton.
The most dramatic version of Lewis has reappeared after being overtaken by Max in classification: “Sorry guys. I have given it all today“, has expressed by radio after being 209 thousandths slower than the pilot of Red Bull en la Q3.
The seven-time world champion has recognized the weaknesses of the W12 in the United States compared to the superiority of the energy drink team on Saturday: “Those guys have been unbelievably fast. Qualifying turned out to be a bit tricky. The car has moved a lot and we have been constantly fighting with it. It was difficult to get to second position at the end so I’m happy with my last lap“, has declared the pilot of Mercedes.
Hamilton has lamented the setback of his team since FP1, although he does not close the doors to a possible triumphant Sunday in Austin: “Of course there are areas where we can improve, but this has been pretty much all we had. “We came out well positioned. Hopefully there will be a race until we get to Turn 1. My mindset is to win and give the fans the best race they have ever seen.“, has finished the British star.
Hamilton will share the front row of the grid with Verstappen for the seventh time this season. The Englishman will have to defend from behind the attacks of Sergio perez, who will presumably do teamwork to help his partner Max. While in ninth position he will start Valtteri Bottas, lost in the oasis of the middle zone due to a new penalty from Mercedes. Therefore, Lewis will have to row alone again to try to cut the six points of advantage that his Dutch rival has in the World Cup.
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