Hamilton questions if Mercedes let title hurt strategy

Lewis Hamilton loses out on fifth F1 world title in United States GP

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport and Lewis Hamilton went on to win four straight races leading up to the United States Grand Prix and now hold a seventy-eight point lead in the constructors' race and a seventy point advantage in the drivers' championship.

"I didn't really have any problems but collectively as a team we didn't perform that great which is not something we usually do".

Hamilton reckoned after the race that his initial pitstop on lap 11 came as "A little bit of a surprise" as Mercedes tried to take advantage of a virtual safety vehicle period. "I don't know where he is, he might have been complete a long way away from me - I couldn't see him - but better that than us colliding", he explained.

While it's mathematically still possible for Vettel and Ferrari to claim both the drivers' championship and constructors' titles, Arrivabene admits "the numbers are against us." .

When asked by Autosport whether he was surprised not to have wrapped up the title after Vettel's mishap, Hamilton said: "Not surprised, I finished third".

The 33-year-old needs just five points to close out the title, meaning seventh in Mexico City on Sunday will be enough to get the job done with two rounds to spare. Wish there had been a few more laps in the end!

He added: "With only three more races to go until the end of his second stint at Ferrari, Kimi has put the icing on the cake, towards the end of what has been a very strong season - definitely his best in recent years".

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"I'm not sure how the strategy came out like that", he said. "It's actually what I dream of, and I think people watching TV want to see more often". "It's been a great weekend and the auto has been pretty good all the time", said the 39-year-old Finn.

"The only thing that I was interested in was to know what was going to happen and that's the only thing".

Hamilton's hopes of winning a historic fifth world championship were dealt a huge boost after his rival Sebastian Vettel spun on the opening lap of the US Grand Prix.

But Ricciardo caused more drama when he lost power and was forced to retire, bringing out a virtual safety auto, and Hamilton opted to pit while Raikkonen stayed out - a decision that had a huge effect on the race.

Hamilton got off to a poor start, with Vettel's Ferrari teammate Raikonnen - starting in second spot on ultrasoft tires - providing the early fireworks when he overtook the Brit into the first corner.

"It's a shame because this year, the Maranello team has been able to give him a really competitive auto - right from the start of the season".

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