Hamilton fears Mercedes are in trouble with Verstappens superior speed

Sir Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Mercedes are in 'trouble' in the title race if Red Bull maintain their current pace at this Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished second behind F1 World Championship leader Max Verstappen in Mexico last weekend, meaning the Dutchman extended his lead over the British driver to 19 points with four races of the season remaining.

It was Verstappen's second straight win after also prevailing in the US Grand Prix in Austin, and Sao Paulo is a track that traditionally favours Red Bull.

Indeed, it was the 24-year-old who prevailed the last time the venue hosted an F1 Grand Prix back in 2019.

Despite achieving a front-row lockout in qualifying in Mexico City, Hamilton's Mercedes made no impression on his title rival after being overtaken on the first lap, and the seven-time world champion was left hanging on to second place under pressure from another Red Bull driver in Sergio Perez.

And now Hamilton, 36, has admitted Red Bull's recent superiority concerns him.

"You know, they're just too quick. We're giving it absolutely everything we've got, but unfortunately it's not enough at the moment to compete with them," he told GP Fans .

"There are still four races. Obviously 19 points is a lot of points. (Verstappen) has had a lot of wins this year.

"With their superior speed, if they were to carry that into the next ones then we may be in trouble – or we will be in trouble."

Hamilton wouldn't be drawn on the maximum-downforce rear wings used by Verstappen and Perez in Meixco, but conceded there was now no margin for error if he's to claim a record-breaking eighth world crown.

"I need to be winning every race. We need those extra points, not to lose those points, to try and regain. That was the goal going into the last race and the race before that, and before that and in Mexico."

The omens are not good for the 36-year-old. Verstappen's latest triumph was his ninth of the F1 season, and the only time a driver has achieved that feat and not won the title was ironically Hamilton himself back in 2016.

The British driver himself has only won once in eight races.

Following the race in Brazil, there will be further F1 weekends in Qatar and Saudi Arabia before the season culminates in Abu Dhabi on December 12.

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