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Mercedes drivers admit Red Bull has advantage

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, United States GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton. Credits: Daimler.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have reflected on the opening day of the Mexico City GP, where they finished in the top 3 in FP1 and FP2.


  • Hamilton believes that the downforce may affect Mercedes’ performance this weekend.
  • Bottas thinks Mercedes should improve in order to be in the pole position contention.

What they had to say:

  • “The car’s generally been feeling okay. I’ve not really had any major issues. I’ve got no real concerns, just chipping away at our set-up and trying to improve it. We’re lacking downforce which is probably why they had a half-a-second difference to us,” Hamilton commented.
  • “They had really strong pace on the soft tyre. So we need to find a bit of time if we want to fight for the pole,” Bottas added. “Starting the day it was quite tricky with the low grip, it was a really dusty track and that’s why it was quite difficult to get a proper read on how the car actually is. But I felt it was not far off how it should be and we could really fine-tune for practice two and actually it didn’t feel too bad.”
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