Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari now ‘very hard to beat’ after latest winCat:未分類
Lewis Hamilton suspects Mercedes are likely to find it”hard to beat” rejuvenated Ferrari in F1’s upcoming races – but has backed the entire world champions to rise to the renewed challenge.
On a track, against all expectations in Singapore that needs high downforce – a sensed 2019 Ferrari weakness – that the Scuderia finished second and first in Sunday’s race to extend their winning run to 3 races – their very best order for 11 decades.
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Mercedes have suffered three successive defeats that were race-day for the second time in the previous six seasons.
And together with Ferrari apparently having found a breakthrough with their car on tracks that do not only require horsepower – the SF90 strength – Hamilton is expecting a consistent struggle.
“I’m a realist so I see the situation we are in and they have only come up with some sort of upgrade that’s possibly put their automobile… maybe they’ve had a good car all year and it simply was not working in the right window,” explained Hamilton on Sunday night.
“Who knows, since it’s unlikely they have brought a massive, massive update that is brought 20-30 things [of [ downforce] to some thing which performance-wise is probably what you would expect they have accepted here.
“But obviously their car works extremely well everywhere today so it is definitely going to be very difficult to beat them, especially as they are so quick on the straights. We can’t compete on the straights at the moment.”
Mercedes should’pull up our socks’
Despite the winning run of Ferrari, Hamilton and Mercedes’ constant kind before the August summer break means they stay firmly on track.
Hamilton extended his title lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas into 65 points, while Leclerc, Ferrari’s guide runner, is 96 points adrift with 156 points to play over the last six races.
“We have won earlier with not the very ideal auto but it’s how we deliver the weekend.
“At this time they’re delivering better in the operations region. I did enough in the race to emerge and lead Now but the procedures did not do the job. So we’ve just got to re-huddle, return with them, work and proceed forwards.”
The world champion added:”Obviously it has got tighter and tighter as the season has gone on, we operate on this, but at the identical time we’ve just got to be doing a much better job.
“We’re doing such a great job at the start of the year plus we have this gap, but the gap can certainly go. I’m under no illusions – it is not won.
“We have got to pull up our socks. We can perform. But we win and lose as a team and all of us don’t feel great at this time.”
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