F1 Sen­sa­tion Lewis Hamil­ton Takes Re­laxed Ride To­wards 5th Ti­tle

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Lewis Hamil­ton is tak­ing a re­laxed ride to­wards his likely fifth driv­ers world ti­tle and hopes his care­fully re­built Mercedes car will carry him to vic­tory in Sun­day’s Mex­i­can Grand Prix. Af­ter a chas­ten­ing de­feat by a resur­gent Kimi Raikko­nen and Fer­rari in last week­end’s United States Grand Prix, Mercedes dis­cov­ered cross-weight im­bal­ances that had ham­pered Hamil­ton’s progress in Texas. “They took the car apart and when they put it to­gether, it was im­bal­anced with a mas­sive cross-weight in the or­der of 50 kg – if we hadn’t had that prob­lem, it would have been a dif­fer­ent race,” he said.

The four-time cham­pion spoke last fort­night in Mex­ico City that he faced a fierce scrap with both Fer­rari and Red Bull at the high al­ti­tude (2,200 metres) Au­to­dromo Her­manos Ro­driguez. His car had been re­assem­bled on Sun­day morn­ing in Austin to change the wa­ter pumps.

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