Lewis Hamilton admitted that Mercedes has a pace disadvantage against Red Bull for the upcoming British Grand Prix.

The British driver finished Saturday’s Sprint qualifying race in second place behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and he failed to get close enough to the Dutchman to begin a battle for the lead.

“It was pretty much the same as the last races in terms of just following behind Max,” Hamilton said.

“I think he had a lot of pace in him and I don’t think he was particularly having to push too hard, and we were flat-out. Sunday’s going to be tough.

“If I can try somehow to keep up with them through the stints, maybe we can apply pressure through strategy but we’re not going to be overtaking them on the track. They’re just too fast. So, we can play the long game hopefully.

“The race will be tough but the support of the fans, just the parade lap just there, the roar of the crowd is magnificent,” said Hamilton.

“There are things we can learn and I will be giving it everything and hope we can have a closer race than we did on Saturday.”

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