Lewis Hamilton qualified third (but starts second due to a penalty for Bottas) for the Styrian Grand Prix, and says he doubts Mercedes has the pace required to beat Red Bull, with Verstappen on pole.
“They’ve been so fast this weekend, so we have been giving it absolutely everything,” Hamilton said.
“It wasn’t the greatest of sessions but, nonetheless, we’re still on the front row after the penalty so we’re going to race tomorrow for a fight.
“They generally have a quarter of a second on us all weekend. And I think we’ve managed to eke closer in qualifying, but in race trim yesterday, they were one quarter of a second ahead of us most of the time.
“It’ll be interesting to see whether or not we can manage it. I don’t think we have raw pace to overtake them, that’s for sure. But might just be able to keep up.
“I will be giving it everything, obviously, but I am just talking about pure pace.
“But maybe tomorrow, we’ll be surprised. Maybe it rains. Who knows?”