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Lewis Hamilton

What Hamilton learned by following Verstappen

Hamilton was able to follow Verstappen at the United States Grand Prix weekend and revealed he was studying the Red Bull in the process. Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver has put his findings on the table.

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed his learnings from following Max Verstappen at the United States Grand Prix.

The seven-time champion has failed to win a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, such has been Mercedes' struggles in creating a car competitive enough to challenge Red Bull.

Dutchman Verstappen secured an F1 record-breaking 15 wins last season and has matched that tally in just 18 races this term, such has been his and his team's dominance over the field.

But the margins were closed at the Circuit of the Americas, with Hamilton able to study the RB19 from behind as he chased his rival in both the Sprint and Grand Prix.

Red Bull strengths and Mercedes weaknesses

"I think the only places we are probably on a level with them is in the low speed," Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.com.

"Our car has generally been good in the low speed the last couple of years but the higher speed we go, the more separation of them is, that's why you see them so quick in the race.

"It is always a good experience to be behind them because you can see first-hand where they can go on the power earlier than most of us, the car moves a lot less so degradation on the rear tyres is much easier to manage.

"I have been in that position before where I have had a much more stable rear end and it is so much easier to keep the temperatures lower on the tyre and go longer.

"They've just done a better job in that space where they have a more stable platform, to which it's much easier to drive for Max."

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