Hamilton: We’ve got big problems

Monday, 02 October 2017, 11:02:35 AM. A FEARFUL Lewis Hamilton insists Mercedes has “big problems” with its car after the championship leader failed to match Max Verstappen’s race-winning pace at the Malaysia GP.
F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia A FEARFUL Lewis Hamilton insists Mercedes has “big problems” with its car after the championship leader failed to match Max Verstappen’s race-winning pace at the Malaysia GP. Hamilton warned the Silver Arrows, now 118 points ahead of their rivals in the constructors’ standings, will be cut adrift from Ferrari and Red Bull in 2018 if they do not rectify their faults. Hamilton’s frank admissions come despite the fact his second place in Malaysia came off the back of a three-race winning streak, while he has also extended his title advantage over Sebastian Vettel to 34 points with just five Grands Prix remaining. “We’ve done an exceptional job with what we have,” the downbeat three-time world champion told Sky F1. “There are some really big problems which I can’t really explain to you. “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.” After a dominant one-two in Italy, team boss Toto Wolff admitted the pace drop-off in Singapore — where Hamilton won after starting fifth — and Malaysia was “worrisome” for the world champions. Wolff also believes that without Ferrari’s reliability struggles — Vettel started from the back on Sunday and Kimi Raikkonen not at all — Mercedes’ pace would only have been good enough for fifth. Vettel finished 19 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas and closed to within 10 seconds of Hamilton in the closing stages before settling...Read more
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