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Watch burned-out Lewis Hamilton look utterly demoralized after the Saudi Arabian GP as the F1 star admits we’re so far from the top guys.

FAILED Lewis Hamilton fears he won’t even be able to match F1 Minnow Haas after his title hopes were dealt another blow.

the The seven-time world champion has so far finished behind the leaders in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix little did he know that he had scored a point for tenth place.

Lewis Hamilton finished tenth as Mercedes had another bad weekend

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Lewis Hamilton finished tenth as Mercedes had another bad weekendCredit: EPA

Max Verstappen beat Charles Leclerc for the win – with Hamilton groaning at not being able to match Kevin Magnussen in a Haas – whose team finished bottom in last season’s constructors’ championship.

Hamilton, 37, said: “At the moment we are not fighting for the top step. We’re so far away from those guys up front. We have a lot to do.

“I don’t have the particular feeling that we’ve improved. All I know is that I couldn’t keep up with the Haas in the end.

“They have so much power that they shot past me when I was passing Magnussen earlier in the race.”

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When asked how far off the pace he felt he felt, Hamilton added: “It feels like a long way off.

“We are still very slow. It’s not just one solution, it’s multiple things.

“I don’t know exactly, but I need to speak to the team.

“It’s definitely a shame, but at least I got a point and we’ll work hard. At least we got both points for the team.”

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Hamilton, who started 15th, was excused by his race engineer as he crossed the finish line in Jeddah.

Peter Bonnington said: “OK Lewis, this is P10. I’m sorry for that.”

Hamilton replied: “Is there even a point for that position?”

Indeed there is, but only one point and he sits fifth in the drivers’ standings – 29 points behind leader Charles Leclerc.

But there was consolation as he snatched another record from Michael Schumacher by completing his 180th race for Mercedes to overtake the German’s 179th for Ferrari.

The race had been marred by a missile attack on an oil refinery on Friday and drivers will now speak to F1 bosses to express concerns about returning to the country.

Max Verstappen (right) beat Charles Leclerc to win the Saudi Arabian GP

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Max Verstappen (right) beat Charles Leclerc to win the Saudi Arabian GPCredit: AP

Meanwhile, teammate George Russell, who finished fifth, added: “That was the max considering I was pushing as hard as I could all by myself.

“The most physical race I’ve probably experienced in Formula 1 was pretty cool to experience.

“But a win is not P5. We have a lot to do, but everything is maximized. We’re taking small steps right now and we need to make some bigger leaps.

“I’m sure we can do it, but I don’t know the schedule.”

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