Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton preferred 2012 car

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has claimed he still needs to adapt to his new car and admits he preferred his McLaren car from the 2012 season.

The Brit will start Sunday’s Brazilian GP in fifth place, just three places behind team-mate Nico Rosberg, who did well to keep up with eventual pole setter Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton struggled with the heavy rain at Interlagos but still managed to hold his own despite struggling with the car. Despite this, the Briton has both out-pointed and out-qualified Rosberg over the course of their first year together as team-mates.

Both Hamilton and his German team-mate will be out to finish the race in the points so they can help Mercedes finish second in the Constructors’ Championship. They currently have a 15-point lead over Ferrari who sit in third.

After qualifying, Hamilton admitted that is still to adjust to life with Mercedes.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s where I thought we would be, I did my best but I was struggling. My car is very twitchy on the power and very easy to spin, so I have things to learn. When I was at McLaren, I knew the car, I had been there for a long time, and it suited me easier than the one I am driving right now.”

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