Formula 1: Hamilton admits to title worries

08 November 2021 19:45:12 GMTPlus11
Hamilton reveals title fears

Lewis Hamilton admits Mercedes will be "in trouble" if Red Bull can replicate the type of performance witnessed in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix in the remaining four races of the Formula 1 season.

The Briton finished second at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, nearly 17 seconds behind Max Verstappen, who is 1/1 to land a first world championship. Hamilton is now 19 points behind his Dutch rival and is 4/5 to clinch his eighth F1 crown.

Red Bull pull ahead

Mercedes started Sunday's showpiece event in a strong position, having locked out the front row with Valtteri Bottas first and his teammate next to him, but Verstappen surged from third to first by the end of the first corner and never gave up that position.

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It was a truly dominant performance from Verstappen, who is edging closer to his maiden Drivers' Championship with races in Brazil, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi to come in this enthralling 2021 campaign.

Hamilton won't give up

Hopes of a fifth straight title appear to be fading away for Hamilton and although he is not giving up just yet, he knows Red Bull will be tough to catch if they maintain the same kind of speed they had in Mexico for the rest of the season.

"There are still four races [to go]," he said, as quoted by Sky Sports. "[but] 19 points is a lot of points. And he's had a lot of wins. If they were to carry that on to the next ones, we will be in trouble.

"All I can do is just squeeze everything out of this car. They clearly have a stronger car so I think all I can do is just make sure we don't leave any stone unturned and we just maximise all we have, and give it my all."

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