Mercedes showed slightly more speed than Red Bull Racing in the last races, but Lewis Hamilton tries to keep the favorite role far from him.

The Briton does not think he has an advantage over Max Verstappen during the United States Grand Prix.

"Of course we understand the car better and better and in the run-up to the last race (Turkey GP, ed.) it all felt great. But it will be very close here and also in the next races," said the 36-year-old. year-old Hamilton Thursday night during the press day according to

Sky Sports


Leader Verstappen has a six-point lead over Hamilton in the World Cup position with six races to go, but the Mercedes is expected to come into its own on the Circuit of the Americas than the Red Bull.

In Turkey, the German team was also faster, although Hamilton only finished fifth due to a grid penalty (engine change) and a late pit stop.

His teammate Valtteri Bottas recorded his first win of the season in Istanbul from pole position.

United States GP times

  • First free practice: Friday 6.30 pm

  • Second free practice: Friday 10 p.m.

  • Third free practice: Saturday 20:00

  • Qualification: Saturday 11 PM

  • Race: Sunday 9 p.m.

'We try to dot the i'

A victory by Hamilton in the US is important for his title aspirations, because the Mexican Grand Prix in November seems to be more in the vein of Red Bull and Verstappen.

Hamilton has already won the race in Austin five times on behalf of Mercedes - and six times in total - but does not take a victory for granted.

"It's going to be incredibly difficult. There will be times when we may be able to outdo Red Bull, but in Mexico Red Bull is normally very strong and it could be the other way around. The car won't get an update anymore, so we're going to try the dots put it on the i and get everything out of it.”

The United States Grand Prix starts Friday evening (Dutch time) with the first two free practice sessions.

The race starts on Sunday at 9 p.m.

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