After facing mathematical elimination from 2018 Formula 1 constructor championship contention in the 19th race of the 21-race season, the Mexican Grand Prix, but not being eliminated in this race, Scuderia Ferrari are set to face mathematical elimination from constructor championship contention once again in the season's penultimate race, the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I'm hoping this weekend we can get the auto into the right place, so we can fight the Red Bulls and the Ferraris, who have seemed to come back more into shooting range". I think 18 was probably the best back in the day.
"It is not always the case you find all the solutions", Hamilton said, "so I am confident everyone has worked as hard as they can to rectify it and push forward but it might take this race and even the next race before we fully understand it".
"It already feels like we are on race number 25 this year, so I don't think more races is going to be a good thing".
After a poor performance in Mexico, Haas started the Interlagos weekend strongly with seventh and eighth for Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen respectively, with Grosjean setting a time within a second of the outright pace on what is one of the shortest laps of the season.
"Getting your mind turned".
The Sauber-bound Finn conceded that Ferrari are not in a strong position - they trail Mercedes by 55 points in the constructors' standings with two races to go - but made it clear they will not be giving up. "The auto felt better than it did particularly what we were feeling in Mexico".
Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari look at a paddock display during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 25, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.
"For sure he won it", he said.
"The team are not going to make that call", Hamilton added. "Whoever has the most points has won it".
The one difference between FP1 and FP2 was that Red Bull was not within that margin, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen dropping slightly off the pace of the two teams still vying for the constructors' championship.
"I went to the factory and had a meeting about it - it's been really interesting to see how we've been able to track those issues".