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23:30  11 november  2019
23:30  11 november  2019 Source:   skysports.com

Hamilton recovers from lap one off to win F1 Mexico GP from Vettel

  Hamilton recovers from lap one off to win F1 Mexico GP from Vettel Lewis Hamilton recovered from a first-lap off to win the Mexican Grand Prix but will have to wait at least one more race to clinch the 2019 Formula 1 title .Hamilton had a trip across the grass at the start of the race after contact with Max Verstappen and fell to fifth, but he executed a one-stop strategy brilliantly to overhaul both Ferraris and score his 10th victory of the season.Sebastian Vettel was unable to attack Hamilton after losing track position through strategy and had to settle for second in lead Ferrari, with Valtteri Bottas third.

Ferrari admit they must raise their game across the board if they are to end the Mercedes title-winning juggernaut in F1 2020. Mercedes have surpassed Ferrari 's record of five successive world championship doubles this year, with the latter's title drought now stretching to 11 seasons.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also said that Mercedes will leave no stone unturned in order to match the performance shown by Ferrari . He appreciated Ferrari and said that Ferrari is pushing others to catch up to its heroics. He further added that Mercedes have not been the challenger since 2013 and

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Ferrari admit they must raise their game across the board if they are to end the Mercedes title-winning juggernaut in F1 2020.

Mercedes have surpassed Ferrari's record of five successive world championship doubles this year, with the latter's title drought now stretching to 11 seasons.

Ferrari's title challenge failed to materialise this year, although their results have been better since the summer break with six poles and three wins.

Nonetheless, with Mercedes still winning the last four events and appearing as strong as ever, Mattia Binotto is under no illusions about the challenge facing his team heading towards the winter.

Hamilton explains how Merc differ to rivals

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Pierre Gasly says that Honda has switched its target to Mercedes in the power unit development race. After switching from Renault to Honda power for 2019, Red Bull "Not too far. At the moment, Ferrari clearly stands out in terms of straight-line speed. The one we need to target , Mercedes , is sort of

"They are a very, very strong team and they have proved it in the last years," said Binotto. "The level of competition is very high.

"Well done to them, to beat them is difficult. It's not only pure performance, it's reliability, it's mentality, it's strategy, it's pit stops, it's all what you may have for an entire race weekend.

"So we know exactly what our tasks [are]. We've got a benchmark. We are improving ourselves, we have improved all through the season, but we're not yet where we should be."

Why were Ferrari off the pace in Austin?Ferrari had finished on the podium in 13 consecutive races before the US GP a fortnight ago, but Austin race-day proved one of their weakest of the season, after Sebastian Vettel retired early on and Charles Leclerc finished 52 seconds behind Mercedes in fourth.

Lewis Hamilton eyes Mercedes role beyond his F1 racing career

  Lewis Hamilton eyes Mercedes role beyond his F1 racing career Lewis Hamilton says the idea of staying with Mercedes beyond racing in Formula 1 and being more involved with its parent company Daimler is "quite attractive" to himHe has worked with the manufacturer his entire F1 career, having made his debut in 2007 with then-works Mercedes outfit McLaren after it steered his junior career. Hamilton's current contract with Mercedes runs to the end of 2020 but he has given strong indications he will stay in F1 beyond that date to sample the new 2021 regulations.

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Over the course of the 90 minutes, Pereira managed to fire three shots on target , picking up tier two shot bonus points and earning him a place in the Fantasy Team of the Week over Liverpool's Fabinho. Ferrari target ' benchmark ' Mercedes .

But Ferrari are adamant that the hitherto supereme straight-line performance of their car in Austin was not hindered, as rivals have infered, by the technical directive concerning fuel-flow meters issued over the race weekend.

"It's true that we were not gaining on the straight as much as past races but it's true as well that I think we matched our competitors on cornering, at least at times in qualy," said Binotto.

"The trade off between grip-limited and power-limited has been moved this weekend as a test on our side. As simple as that.

"First, we were competitive in qualifying, and now there is something in the race to understand, and we need to understand what's best for the next races in terms of the trade-off."

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