Hamilton admits Red Bull 'had the upper hand' in Austin

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Hamilton admits Red Bull 'had the upper hand' in Austin

Lewis Hamilton admitted that Max Verstappen and Red Bull had simply been too good to beat in this weekend's United States grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Although COTA has been a Mercedes stronghold during the modern hybrid engine era, this time it was Red Bull who had all the cards even though Hamilton succeeded in taking the lead of the race at the start.

Verstappen retook the top spot by pitting early on lap 11, and again on lap 29. Hamilton stayed out longer hoping that the fresh rubber would have him late race advantage, but he fell short of catching and passing his rival in the final laps.

“It was such a tough race," Hamilton told the media in parc ferme after the chequered flag. “Congratulations to Max, he did a great job today.

“I got a good start, gave it absolutely everything,” he continued. “But at the end of the day, they just had the upper hand this weekend.

"They were just quicker than us this weekend, for whatever reason, I can't pinpoint.

“We gave it everything we had and they were just quicker than us,” he told Sky Sports F1 later. “It looked like they had better rear end, less sliding.

"I gave it everything, but unfortunately could not convert it at the end," he lamented. “I felt for a second we might be able to win the race, but we have to wait for the next one.”

Hamilton said that his momentum was broken once he hit the dirty air spilling off the back end of the Red Bull, with high temperatures and overheating tyres also a factor.

"But we couldn’t really ask for more," he insisted. "A big, big thank you to my team for great pitstops, great hard work throughout the weekend.”

Despite the disappointment of finishing second and falling 12 points behind Verstappen in the drivers championship, Hamilton's spirits were boosted by an outstanding capacity crowd this weekend.

"What an amazing crowd, to perform in front of you guys is such an honour," he told the fans as they surged onto the track after the finish, the first 'track invasion' since the pandemic.

"This is definitely our acceptance into the US, what a place to be," he added. "It's a real honour to be out here, I hope we get more races out here.

"I hope that this will continue to grow because you can tell just how great the fans are out here, so I hope we get to come out more."

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Unwell Perez endured 'toughest race ever' in Austin

Sergio Perez clinched his second podium in succession on Sunday, but the Red Bull driver described his US... The post Unwell Perez endured 'toughest race ever' in Austin appeared first on F1i.com.

Unwell Perez endured 'toughest race ever' in Austin

Sergio Perez clinched his second podium in succession on Sunday, but the Red Bull driver described his US Grand Prix as his "toughest race ever" physically after he was unable to keep himself hydrated in the grueling conditions.

Perez followed front-runners Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the start of the 56 lap race at the Circuit of the Americas but was unable to hang on to the duo.

From the outset, the Mexican, who woke up on Sunday morning feeling a bit under the weather, was deprived of fluid, which weighed on his efforts.

But the Red Bull driver still managed to hold his own for the remainder of the afternoon, but at a massive physical cost.

"A horrible one," said Perez who admitted suffering a bout of diarrhea in the morning. "I struggled massively.

"Since Lap 1 I ran out of water. I couldn't drink at all. I think by the middle of my second stint it started to get pretty, pretty difficult, you know, losing strength.

"I think it was my toughest race ever, physically.

"I was really losing out, strength, it was really difficult, especially the last 30-40 laps were extremely tough."

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Red bull team boss Christian Horner praised Perez for surmounting his physical struggles, but also for his impeccable race management in Austin.

"He's been a bit under the weather this weekend as well, he's had a bit of a cold, so that was tough not to have the drink system," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"But again, the way he managed the race... you can see his confidence is growing. That's the second race in a row he's on the podium now.

"His home race is coming up, and he's finding his form, which is crucial for us at this time of the year."

Indeed, Perez said after Sunday's race that he can't wait to take to the track in front of his home crowd in Mexico City, a venue that should suit Red Bull's RB16B.

"Yes, we got a nice boost but I'm looking so much forward to Mexico," he said.

"Today was just a shame I couldn't keep up with Max and Lewis. I was obviously limited physically today but I look forward to Mexico, I think it should be another good track for us."

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