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Mercedes working hard to catch Ferrari - Hamilton

2019-10-10 09:21
Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton

Ferraris Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (front) competes ahead of Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 8, 2019. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is "working hard" to catch up with Ferrari.

Although he and Mercedes could mathematically wrap up the championships with a full four races to spare this weekend at Suzuka, Hamilton is concerned about Ferrari's latest leap forward.

'They've changed something'

"Ferrari has always had a good overall package. But now they have changed something about the engine to make it better than all the others. It's making a big difference," he told the German broadcaster RTL.

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Heading into Suzuka, team boss Toto Wolff said Mercedes has a "minor" update for the Japanese GP. Technical sources at Suzuka say it is in the area of the bargeboards and front wing.

"We're working hard to figure out how to get faster.  At the last race, we were four-tenths slower in qualifying because they were seven-tenths faster on the straight.

"I cannot push down on the gas pedal any harder, so we need to find out how to make more time up in the corners, reduce drag and get more power," Hamilton confirmed.

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