"We made it very difficult for ourselves": Lewis Hamilton laments Mercedes' strategy after losing the Texas title.
- Lewis Hamilton failed to obtain the F1 title at the United States Grand Prix
- Brit finished third after being overtaken by Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen
- However, the Mercedes driver can now claim the fifth title in the next race in Mexico
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Lewis Hamilton cursed the performance of the "double bogey" Mercedes that cost him a possible coronation at the US Grand Prix on Sunday.
His fifth title should now wait until Mexico next weekend after his pit wall has been played by bringing him in for an early stop. The strategy failed and finished third, but in command of the positions with an advantage of 70 points with 75 on offer.
Hamilton, disappointed, said: "I thought we could do better."
Lewis Hamilton raises his trophy of third position after losing the title
"We just made it very difficult for us to compete, I'm not sure of the reasoning behind the strategy, a difficult day, not our best, we did not do it that well and that's not something we usually do.
"We will go back to the drawing board and regroup, this was too much for us, a weekend of double bogey."
Despite losing in Texas, Hamilton only needs to finish seventh in Mexico City to be sure of the title. His dim rival Sebastian Vettel, who was fourth after returning from a collision on the first lap with Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, needs to win the last three races to stop the Briton.
"I've probably needed to win the last four or five," Vettel said, smiling. "I had another recovery unit today, I'm a little sick of the recovery units, the cock hit the fan a while ago and it has not improved that much."
The victory of Kimi Raikkonen means that the British will have to wait until Mexico claims a fifth crown
WHAT LEWIS NEEDS TO DO IN MEXICO
Lewis Hamilton needs to finish at least seventh in the Grand Prix of Mexico to claim his fifth world championship.
Hamilton seeks to advance to the same level as the Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in five titles. That would leave two shy of Michael Schumacher's seven.
Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari won for the first time in 113 races on Sunday and Max Verstappen of Red Bull finished third.
"Sometimes it was a battle," said Raikkonen, 39, after winning his first victory from Australia in 2013.
"I have a good start, it's been a great week and the car has been pretty good."
Raikkonen had passed Hamilton through the first corner in Austin, Texas, on the way to victory.