“Of course, around here when you are not very confident under braking, you just don’t have the nice feeling under braking when you come off it. It can cost you quite a bit of lap time and it was a bit more difficult than I expected it to be. I normally never really struggle with braking so far in my F1 career, but it was definitely a bit of a problem.”
Hamilton himself was perplexed by the Mercedes strategy, while his team-mate George Russell had a disappointing weekend in Texas. “My guess is as good as yours,” the Brit replied when asked if pitting earlier would have given him a better chance of winning.
“I think we probably should have stopped before Lando because I was within undercut position. I don’t know why we didn’t. Then after that I came out another eight seconds behind and I had to catch up. It was really difficult to catch up and then I came out again another eight or 10 seconds behind [after the second stop]. That deficit was so hard to catch up each time. So we’ve got some work to do.
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