Lewis Hamilton lost the US Grand Prix in the playoffs and apologized to the team afterwards. With Max Verstappen taking center stage, the Mercedes driver finds himself in a difficult position.

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Lewis Hamilton has recently been criticized for questioning Mercedes’ strategic decisions loudly and publicly. So his apology right after qualifying for the USA Grand Prix was very surprising. “There is definitely something we can do,” said racing engineer Pete Bonnington, the current Formula 1 world champion.

For Mercedes, this is the first defeat in the qualifying session in Austin in the hybrid era. Painfully as the German team started the weekend with the US GP very well and in the first practice on Friday it was surprising at times.

– I did my best. We are tired of qualifying. We have taken a step back from Q1. But Red Bull was incredibly fast. I am happy with my last look. Sure, there are always areas to improve, but I practically pulled everything out of what I had, Hamilton said on Sky Sports.

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The 36-year-old confirmed that his goal at the US Grand Prix was to attack to approach the first corner. – We’ll work hard. He showed us a good starting position so we could get to the first corner.

For Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 race in Austin is important because he is currently 6 points behind Max Verstappen in the World Cup overall standings. In the event of a loss to the Dutchman, his loss to the Red Bull Racing driver will increase. The Briton’s next problem is that he will not have the strategic backing of Valtteri Bottas. Vin, after the engine replacement fine, he’ll start from ninth.

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