Lewis Hamilton continues his Mercedes moans as he tips rivals Red Bull to ‘run away’ with the world championship unless FERRARI ‘can stop them’
- Lewis Hamilton has tipped Red Bull to ‘run away’ with the F1 championship
- The seven-time world champion remains unhappy with his Mercedes car
- Hamilton believes Ferrari will be Red Bull’s closest competitors this season
Lewis Hamilton’s rumblings with Mercedes have continued after the seven-time world champion again insisted Red Bull were in a position to dominate this season.
Mercedes have struggled to get their car up to championship-competing standards as Hamilton failed to make a first podium of the year in the season’s opening grand prix in Bahrain.
Hamilton analysed Red Bull’s expected dominance as drivers arrived in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah ahead of Sunday’s second gp of the season and admitted his fears that the Max Verstappen-led team will ‘run away’ with the drivers championship, despite there being 22 races left in the calendar.
‘In the race [in Bahrain] they [Red Bull] were not pushing so they were a lot quicker than they seemed,’ said Hamilton.
‘They are a second-and-a-half a lap faster in the race. They will run away with it this year unless Ferrari can stop them,’ he added.
Lewis Hamilton has appeared to cast Mercedes out of this year’s Formula One title race
Mercedes are set for another tough outing in Saudi Arabia after struggling in the opening gp of the season
Hamilton finished fifth in Bahrain as his Mercedes car struggled to match the grid’s pacesetters
Hamilton believes that Red Bull and Max Verstappen (pictured) will ‘run away’ with the championship
The English driver’s concerns carry some weight after Red Bull outclassed the rest of the grid with ease to achieve a one-two driver finish in the opening event of the season.
Reigning world champion Verstappen topped the podium with an 11 second advantage over his team-mate Sergio Perez and a 50 second lead over Hamilton who finished fifth.
Ferrari have been largely tipped to be Red Bull’s closest competitors with Charles Leclerc hoping to rival Verstappen in a bid to win a first world championship.
Mercedes aren’t expected to be serious competitors in the Middle East on Sunday but could be set for major improvements in Baku at the end of April.
Teams are allowed to introduce new upgrade packages at the Azerbaijan gp, with McLaren also expected to make wholesale changes to their car.
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