Lewis Hamilton has stated Mercedes won’t change its approach to fighting Red Bull as they struggle with performance coming out of Bahrain.

The Briton said the threat from Max Verstappen and Red Bull won’t make him think differently, as he later stated he expects to have an “exciting” title fight.

“Nothing changes for us; we approach every weekend in exactly the same way we have,” Hamilton said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

“I think we had multiple battles with Ferrari, with Seb when he was at Ferrari, and we just have got to keep our heads down. We do what we do, we love the challenge and as I said, it’s exciting for us that we do have such a challenge on our hands and it’s not one that we shy away from.”

Speaking in a press conference at Imola, Hamilton said he felt good with the results achieved in Bahrain.

“Firstly, I genuinely had a positive feeling with the result and a good reflection about the weekend; it was a very difficult weekend for us. I think it was clear that Red Bull have started off really, really well, with a great package, and Max Verstappen’s driving really well.

“It’s set up for a good season ahead. Of course, we don’t know what to expect going forward into the next races with different temperatures and track surfaces but it’s going to be fun, one way or another.

“I hope it’s exciting for fans and I hope it is all that it’s cracked up to be,” he said. “Particularly for fans at this difficult time we need the best entertainment… we just want to be fighting with the best drivers and as close as possible, so that we can hopefully try to eke out more than our competitors to get the results,” he concluded.

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