Lewis Hamilton sends 2020 F1 demand to Mercedes regarding Ferrari battle

Lewis Hamilton wants Mercedes to improve their performance using Ferrari as inspiration, despite their recent Formula One World Constructors’ Championship victory.

Hamilton may be on the brink of winning his sixth F1 world title, but he remains unsatisfied with his overall year at Mercedes.

Despite the dominance he has achieved alongside Valtteri Bottas, the Briton has been surprised by the speed of Ferrari, and it something he hopes his team will match in 2020.

“We’ve got time for next year,” Hamilton said before next week’s Mexican Grand Prix.

“I think it’s not been a great year for us in terms of the great issue [drag and power], in terms of our engine development.

“I think it’s been a really hard time for the guys.

“They’ve been working as hard as ever but it’s just not been as successful in that department, as I say.

“Plus it’s quite draggy but we’ve had great reliability and hopefully that remains the same and that’s still something to be really proud of, of course.

“We have, obviously, still won the constructors’ championship but we’ll push to try and maybe reduce the drag a little bit but also increase power for next year.

“So they’re fully onto it and I have all the confidence in the world that we’ll be able to make some sort of step into the next season.”

When asked about the speeds that Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have been able to achieve, Hamilton praised their improvement.

“It’s incredible how quick they are,” Hamilton added.

“It makes it very, very difficult, even if you’ve got the advantage of the tyre.

“But I think it’s cool anyway, it provides interesting racing.”

Hamilton is currently 64 points ahead of his colleague in the drivers’ standings, and could win the title for a third year in a row in Mexico.

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