“If you look at our tyres, even with management, we had this huge band on the left rear. No-one else… At least the Red Bulls didn’t seem to have [the blistering]. So that would have got in the way.”
Mercedes’ only real signs of weakness this season have emerged during warmer weather, with temperatures soaring at Silverstone on Sunday.
Next up is a trip to Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya, where Red Bull hinted they were getting set to mount a real title challenge during testing in February.
Hamilton admitted Mercedes need to go “back to the drawing board” as F1 gears up to head back to mainland Europe following consecutive races at Silverstone.
Hamilton remains top of the drivers’ standings, with Bottas now third following Verstappen’s victory on Sunday.
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