Lewis Hamilton said Mercedes needs “more grip, more power” after a horrendous Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in which he finished 10th.

Hamilton struggled through the entire weekend, qualifying 16th and finishing the race in P10. Speaking to the media post-race, the British driver said his team needs urgent improvements.

“We need more grip, we need more power.

“We didn’t have any porpoising today,” he said. “[But] we’re still really down on the speed trace.

“So I don’t know, it’s not just one fix, it’s several things. I don’t know how much drag we have compared to the others but it feels like a lot.

“The end result is obviously not great,” he said. “The race was going, I think, relatively well on the hard tire.

“I was keeping up with George and I think putting in some decent time considering how old the hard tyres were. But the strategy at the end, I don’t know if it was strategy or just with the VSC, we lost out so much. We’ll keep working hard and just keep fighting. It’s all we can do.”

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