Lewis Hamilton believes that it is going to be difficult for Mercedes to catch Red Bull at Red Bull Ring further down the race weekend.

Friday seemed to be a good day for Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen as he was the quickest driver in both free practices at Styrian GP. Mercedes’ best result of the day was Lewis Hamilton’s 3rd place in FP1. The reigning champion was satisfied with his performance but supposed that it would be even harder to compete with the rivals this weekend.

“It wasn’t feeling too bad. I think it’s very close with the whole pack,” Hamilton said.

“The Red Bulls, definitely, will be really hard to beat. I think they’ve just got the edge, maybe more. We don’t know what they’re going to do when they turn that engine up.”

“I didn’t really have too many big problems today. I’m happier with where we got the car to. I’ve been working flat-out all week trying to understand where I wanted to put the car and I’m hopeful that the hard work starts paying off soon,” he added.

“We were a little bit down, obviously, particularly over a single lap,” he added. “Generally over the day, the car felt relatively solid.”

“I’ve got some weaknesses and as I said, coming into the weekend, we’re losing on the straight [by] a considerable amount. So we’ve just got to keep working to try and rectify that.”

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