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Hamilton: Merc won't fix weaknesses on '17 vehicle

Hamilton: Merc won't fix weaknesses on '17 vehicle”

Despite fully accepting fortune smiled on Mercedes in Singapore at the start at a race Allison feared would provide a major headache having been thoroughly off the pace in the dry practice sessions, the technical head believes the German manufacturer's turnaround in performance in the wet conditions came as fair reward for Hamilton's win and Bottas taking third place.

Lewis Hamilton doesn't think the weaknesses of his Mercedes F1 vehicle will be addressed until next season as he chases a fourth driver's title.

He said: 'I think this weekend really showed the strengths and weaknesses of our vehicle and the characteristics.

"We've got to stay on our toes and keep trying to extract everything out of this auto".

"Formula One is incredibly complicated, but days like this remind you that it is still a sport - and that you never know what might happen".

'We've just got to make sure when we do it that it doesn't make it worse, because it's actually pretty good elsewhere'.

Although he has now opened a 28-point lead over Vettel in the championship, and the remaining circuits on the 2017 calendar should better suit Mercedes, Hamilton is anticipating a close battle until the end of the year.

Asked what psychological impact the 28-point lead would have on Hamilton, Wolff replied: "I think you need to ask him, but I would expect him not to let up".

"Austin, I think we'll be fine". Ferrari will be particularly strong. "But there is still a very long way to go in this championship race".

"It's hard to predict".

"In Brazil the others will be strong as well, and in Mexico the teams with the most downforce could have the upper hand. We'll find out when we get there".



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