Hamilton: “very strong” Red Bull have now eked ahead

2021 French Grand Prix, Saturday – Jiri Krenek

Lewis Hamilton admitted that Red Bull now has a better package than Mercedes and is faster than the Silver Arrows compared to the Spanish GP.

The Spaniard venue was the last non-street circuit until now since the last two races were in Monaco and Baku. In Spain, Mercedes won the Grand Prix, but it struggled a lot on street circuits.

On the other hand, Red Bull managed to win both in Monaco and Baku, claiming the first position in the drivers’ and constructors’ championship.

For the French GP, a venue that always saw Mercedes dominating, it will be Max Verstappen to star on pole position. However, Hamilton does not lose hope since the team managed to qualify ahead of Sergio Perez, and it can put a lot of pressure on Verstappen.

“It’s great that we are second and third [on the grid], it puts us in the middle of the Red Bulls, it gives us a chance to apply pressure [in the race],” Hamilton said in the post-qualifying press conference.
“But it’s just as close as ever before.

“Maybe they seemed to have eked out a little bit further forwards maybe than we were perhaps in Barcelona.”

Hamilton was not happy with the pace during free practice, but some late changes allowed him to qualify in P2. However, he expected the team to be stronger in France.

“Naturally, we have – we’ve been up in the top five or the top four all weekend.
“But, it hasn’t felt great, but it obviously must feel worse further back.

“We knew that the Red Bulls of course they just seem strong everywhere. Street circuits, it doesn’t seem to matter where they go, they’re very strong.

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