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Lewis Hamilton mentioned Mercedes’ technique price him his first victory in practically two years at Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton conceded a 10-second swing to Max Verstappen when Mercedes left their star driver in no man’s land as they tried a one-stop technique on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Hamilton was lower than two seconds behind early chief Lando Norris and 5 seconds away from Verstappen, who began solely sixth, as they approached the opening spherical of pit stops.

However when Verstappen and Norris stopped for recent rubber on lap 16 and 17 respectively, Hamilton was advised to remain out – with another technique to Verstappen seen as the one solution to topple the all-conquering Dutchman. It shortly proved the improper resolution.

Requested if he may full one other 5 laps on his present set of tyres, Hamilton replied: “I’m not positive, man. It’s fairly powerful.”

Hamilton then locked up earlier than his race engineer Peter Bonnington was again on the intercom to tell his driver that Verstappen – who on new tyres had simply lapped three seconds quicker than the Briton – was now prone to gazump him when he finally stopped.

“No s***, man,” yelled Hamilton, along with his tyres falling off the cliff. “I’m struggling out right here.”

Hamilton got here in 4 laps later than Verstappen with a gradual front-right tyre change including to his woes. When he emerged from the pits, he had dropped to 3rd, 5 seconds adrift of Verstappen and seven.5 sec again from Norris.

Hamilton noticed off Norris with a dozen laps to go, however he couldn’t reel Verstappen in – taking the chequered flag an agonising 2.2 sec behind.

Requested if he felt he ought to have claimed his first win for the reason that Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 686 days in the past, had it not been for Mercedes’ offset technique, Hamilton was defiant.

“Sure,” he mentioned with out hesitation. “I do suppose we’d have been ready to struggle with Max.

“We made our life lots more durable at the moment than it wanted to be. There are many areas the place we may have been higher.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added: “In the mean time, we have now combined emotions as a result of there’s the ache of simply having misplaced a race that we may have gained.”

Hamilton was later going through the prospect of being disqualified from the race after the ground of his Mercedes was discovered to not be compliant with the laws.

Lewis Hamilton (left) got here dwelling behind race winner Max Verstappen (second proper) (Nick Didlick/AP)

Leclerc’s Ferrari additionally failed the post-race verify. Hamilton and a Mercedes group consultant will meet with the stewards at 1800 native time (00:00 BST).

Hamilton, in his revamped Mercedes machine, may rely himself unlucky to drop from third to fourth in the beginning.

The seven-time world champion loved a good getaway, however he was blocked by Norris beneath braking permitting Carlos Sainz to sneak by means of. Norris had seen off pole-sitter Charles Leclerc with a lunge on the first bend to imagine prime spot.

As Norris set about constructing a lead – already two seconds away from Leclerc on the finish of the second lap – Hamilton set about passing each scarlet vehicles.

First up was Sainz. Hamilton used the tow to latch on to the again of Ferrari on the 210mph drag to Flip 12, and, assisted by DRS, drew alongside Sainz earlier than sliding beneath the Spaniard.

Hamilton has gained six occasions throughout the Pond, with 5 of these victories right here in Austin, and the 38-year-old required solely two laps to swat Leclerc apart for second.

Deeper on the brakes at Flip 12, Hamilton sailed spherical the surface of the Monegasque on the left-hander, with Norris now three seconds up the highway.

Behind, and Verstappen, struggling along with his brakes, was not discovering it as straightforward to make progress.

He was caught behind Leclerc for a further 5 laps earlier than lastly making his transfer on the Monegasque.

He trailed Norris by seven seconds and Hamilton by 4. Hamilton was now 1.9 sec behind Norris and would have taken the lead had Mercedes used the undercut. However, on the day, Mercedes received it improper, and Hamilton knew it.

“You may have given me a hell of a niche to shut,” he mentioned after his first cease.

On lap 28, Verstappen dived beneath Norris for the lead at Flip 12. Norris had a nibble again on the Pink Bull heading into the following proper hander, however he didn’t make it stick.

Hamilton was again into the pits for a second time on lap 37 of 56, altering to the quicker medium compound.

Hamilton had the bit between his enamel and inside 10 laps he was crawling everywhere in the again of Norris’ McLaren.

Norris slung his McLaren to the within on the entry to the primary nook in a transfer to cease Hamilton, however the older Brit gained higher traction out of the bend to slingshot by in his Mercedes.

Verstappen was 5 seconds forward and Hamilton began to catch his outdated nemesis solely to expire of laps.

Verstappen joined Hamilton (103 wins), Michael Schumacher (91), Sebastian Vettel (53) and Alain Prost (51) within the half-century membership along with his fifteenth win from the 18 rounds to date.

The Dutchman, jeered on the rostrum – probably by supporters of his Mexican team-mate Sergio Perez – mentioned: “To take my fiftieth profession win makes me very proud and we’ll attempt to push for extra.”

Sainz took fourth forward of Perez with Leclerc sixth and George Russell seventh for Mercedes.

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