Lewis Hamilton said he needs to raise his game after finishing 45 seconds behind team mate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi.
Rosberg brought his Mercedes home in third place while Hamilton crossed the line in seventh.
“Nico’s been getting great points for the team,” Hamilton said to reporters after the race. “I just need to work harder to try and do the same.”
Hamilton described his race as “a bit boring, to be honest” after spending the early running stuck behind Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber.
The Mercedes mechanics performed extensive repair work on his car following his suspension problem in qualifying yesterday and had to do more work on the W04 on the grid before the race.
“The guys did an incredible… it’s such a shame, the guys did such a great job to put the car together and clearly we’ve, with Nico’s result, the car’s better than what I’m able to bring home with it so I just want the guys to know I’ll keep pushing.”
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