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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have been each left disillusioned after an absence of tempo noticed them each end greater than 25 seconds again from Sao Paulo Grand Dash winner Max Verstappen; watch the Sao Paulo GP at 5pm on Sunday, with build-up from 3.30pm, stay on Sky Sports activities F1

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Lewis Hamilton says he is anticipating a troublesome race on Sunday after his Mercedes struggled for tempo within the Sao Paulo Dash.

Lewis Hamilton says he is anticipating a troublesome race on Sunday after his Mercedes struggled for tempo within the Sao Paulo Dash.

Lewis Hamilton bemoaned a “horrible” Sao Paulo Grand Prix Dash after dropping backwards to complete seventh on what Mercedes boss Toto Wolff described as a “bruising day” for the staff.

Mercedes had entered the occasion that introduced their solely victory of final season with excessive hopes and seemed to be sustaining them even after being barely off the tempo in Friday’s qualifying and Saturday morning’s Dash Shootout.

Nevertheless, even after a perfect begin to the Dash as Hamilton and team-mate George Russell gained locations on the opening lap, each vehicles misplaced floor on prime two Max Verstappen and Lando Norris at an alarming price.

Russell completed in fourth 25 seconds again from Verstappen, whereas Hamilton solely simply held on to a points-scoring place as he got here seventh, an additional 9 seconds again from his team-mate.

“It was horrible,” Hamilton advised Sky Sports activities F1. “It was not satisfying by any means.

“I had begin after which after that simply struggled with the stability. A variety of understeer, then snap oversteer, and I used to be simply combating the automotive from very early on.

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There was a dramatic begin to the Sao Paulo Dash with a number of overtakes on the opening lap.

There was a dramatic begin to the Sao Paulo Dash with a number of overtakes on the opening lap.

“Then I had no tyres ultimately. I do not actually know the way I will repair that for (the Grand Prix) tomorrow.”

The seven-time world champion had hoped this weekend may deliver an finish to his near-two-year winless run, however now seems resigned to trying to maintain onto the fifth place he earned in qualifying on Friday.

“It will be an extended afternoon, that is for certain,” he added. “I can solely assume I’ve obtained the set-up unsuitable. It’s what it’s.

“I am going to combat as exhausting as I can tomorrow, however we can’t be successful that is for certain.

“I am going to simply be attempting to see if I can handle the tyres higher tomorrow.”

Wolff: We have to scratch our heads exhausting

Mercedes staff principal Wolff provided a equally damning evaluation of his staff’s show, believing that the early progress his drivers made in the end value them later within the race.

Russell gained two locations on the opening lap, whereas Hamilton moved up a place, earlier than each drivers engaged in battles to attempt to maintain off quicker vehicles behind them.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits it was a ‘bruising’ day for the staff, with the vehicles struggling for tempo within the Sao Paulo Dash.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits it was a ‘bruising’ day for the staff, with the vehicles struggling for tempo within the Sao Paulo Dash.

“I believe we pushed very exhausting in the beginning, the automotive was not balanced proper, and then you definitely put in some sliding and it simply killed the tyres. It is what occurred to George in Mexico,” Wolff advised Sky Sports activities F1.

“I believe we had a little bit bit too weak of a rear finish, after which clearly it is balancing them on the knife’s edge.

“Making an attempt to carry onto the tempo was possibly one thing we have to be taught for tomorrow, however a bruising day.”

Mercedes at the moment maintain a 24-point benefit over Ferrari within the contest for second place within the constructors’ standings, however are vulnerable to having their lead decreased in Sunday’s race with Charles Leclerc ranging from second for the Italian staff.

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Lando Norris retakes second spot within the Dash as he overtakes George Russell in Sao Paulo.

Lando Norris retakes second spot within the Dash as he overtakes George Russell in Sao Paulo.

Hamilton will begin from fifth, whereas Russell will start from eighth after receiving a two-place grid penalty for impeding different vehicles within the pit lane exit.

“I do not suppose that there’s a magic screw you’ll be able to flip after which all the pieces is fastened,” Wolff added.

“It was very popular, all the pieces went in opposition to us at present. We have to actually scratch our heads exhausting over what we will do for tomorrow, and enhance.”

Russell: It was fairly terrible

Regardless of being the better-performing Mercedes on Saturday, Russell admitted that the staff’s lack of tempo was each “complicated” and “stunning”.

“It was fairly terrible to be sincere,” Russell advised Sky Sports activities F1. “It caught us completely without warning.

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George Russell says the Mercedes’ tempo was ‘fairly terrible’, describing it as their least aggressive race of the season.

George Russell says the Mercedes’ tempo was ‘fairly terrible’, describing it as their least aggressive race of the season.

“We have to have a look at the info, attempt to perceive it, however that was in all probability the least aggressive race we have had all season, and we went in with fairly excessive expectations.

“Sadly it is at all times down to those tyres and getting them within the candy spot. Particularly these final two weekends, no one’s actually understood when it is working for them, they usually’ve discovered rather a lot efficiency, like Ferrari in qualifying final week, then we discovered our tempo within the race and all of a sudden it wasn’t there for us at present once we anticipated quite a bit.

“The tempo we had was type of in step with my expectations, it was simply that everyone else was considerably faster.

“Even Max, we have by no means been that far behind. He completed 25 seconds forward in a 24-lap race. Over a second a lap and that was actually fairly stunning for us.”

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Sunday November 5

3.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Sao Paulo GP build-up5pm: THE SAO PAULO GRAND PRIX7pm: Chequered Flag: Sao Paulo GP reaction8pm: Ted’s Pocket book

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