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Mercedes

Mercedes will bounce back from Hamilton 'embarrassment'

Hamilton was disqualified from the United States Grand Prix for too much wear on the rear skid block.

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Mercedes Technical Director James Allison believes the 'embarrassment' of the Lewis Hamilton's United States Grand Prix disqualification will fade into "sunny optimism" ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished second at the Circuit of the Americas, narrowly missing out on a first victory in almost two years as Max Verstappen held on for a 50th career F1 win.

But the seven-time champion was stripped of his result following FIA scrutineering, with both his W14 and Charles Leclerc's Ferrari found to have worn down the rear skid blocks past the acceptable amount as dictated by the technical regulations.

It was a sour end to a weekend that provided hope for the Silver Arrows as Hamilton unlocked instant performance from a large upgrade package, with the Brackley-based outfit looking to build momentum before next season.

With four races left to run, Allison hopes further strong performances can be displayed.

Mercedes upgrades 'looked bright'

"Of course, the disqualification is a significant blow, it's a miserable feeling, it hurts and everybody here feels it," said Allison.

"Everybody is upset, embarrassed to a degree as well because we absolutely don't like being on the wrong side of the rules and just lamenting the lost points.

"Give it a day or two and that will start to wane and be replaced by a much happier feeling, which is we moved our car forward - and that's hard to do.

"With four races left in the championship, four races where I am sure we will stay on the right side of the skid-block rules, the initial feeling of hurt, disappointment and frustration will pass to be replaced by the sunny optimism of knowing that the car looked bright on this upgrade package.

"We've got four more races to show what we can do with it."

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