Lewis Hamilton believes that Max Verstappen will not have any difficulties at Sunday’s Austrian GP and will likely win it.
The Austrian GP qualifying did not go very well for the reigning world champion Hamilton – he finished the session fourth, while his rival Verstappen took the pole position. Lando Norris and Sergio Perez were also quicker than the Mercedes driver. Hamilton admitted that he lacked pace again at Red Bull Ring and was impressed by the performance of the opponents.
“It’s even more of a challenge than it was already last week, and [we] continue to lack pace,” he said.
“I tried everything to get more out of the car. It’s just the underlying pace, that’s where we’re at, at the moment. So we’ve got to really find performance in the following races.”
“I don’t know if McLaren have brought an upgrade, but they’re mega quick today, so great job from Lando. We’ve just got to try and improve.”
The Briton supposed that Red Bull Racing had gotten even better over the week and that Verstappen would be in a good position to take the checkered flag on Sunday.
“In terms of pure pace, it’s definitely out of the question,” he added. “Those guys firstly have got two cars to get by in front, and they’ve got three tenths on us, I think they’ve improved their car again this weekend.”
“I would say that’s an easy cruise win for Max. I think for us, it’s to try and see if we can get ahead of at least Perez, and try to limit the damage this weekend.”