Hamilton: Mercedes must do better to fight “super hungry” Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Mercedes made too many mistakes during the Singapore Grand Prix, and that Ferrari are “super hungry”.

Hamilton ended up finishing fourth in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, having started the race from second, with his Mercedes team leaving the world champion out after they failed to undercut the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

And although Hamilton had much fresher tyres, having pitted so much later than his rivals, he was unable to complete any overtakes to fight for the win.

Speaking after the race, Hamilton said that Mercedes made too many strategical mistakes and that they need to do better if they are to beat Ferrari going forwards.

“We made mistakes tonight, but in this team, we win and we lose together.” commented Hamilton

“We don’t point the finger at people, that’s always been our philosophy and that won’t change because of one race.

“We’re fighting a Ferrari team who are super hungry and pushing very hard.

“It’s on each one of us to do a better job.”

Ferrari have now won the last three races in a row, and Mercedes are aware that they could also find themselves on the back foot against their rivals in Russia, with the Sochi track featuring long straights, and Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff has urged his team to review their issues and ensure they maximise their performance next time out.

“I think we had a car capable for pole yesterday and we had an opportunity to win today, but we made too many mistakes.” added Wolff.

“We’re aware that we didn’t deliver to the standards that we set ourselves this weekend, so we will review it and see where we can improve for Russia.

“Sochi with its long straights will be a tricky race for us, so we need to make sure we get the best out of our package and get things right.”