Lewis Hamilton stated that Red Bull Racing have done a “phenomenal” job in the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Red Bull were out of reach for their opponents at the Belgian GP. Max Verstappen was the quickest driver in qualifying, having been six-tenths of a second ahead of Carlos Sainz. The following day, Verstappen won the race from P14.
Red Bull increased their advantage over Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship to 118 points.
“Red Bull has the aerodynamic balance right, they never have any problems with bumps or anything like that and they’re just a great team,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.
“You just have to take your hat off to them. They’ve done a phenomenal job.
“Adrian Newey generally doesn’t build bad cars. My first championship car [in 2007] was an evolution of his design!
“I know he has written his dissertation on ground effect floors in the past, so it’s no surprise that the team has been able to take advantage of that.”
Hamilton also spoke about the comment he made in 2011. The Briton said more than a decade ago that Red Bull “are not a manufacturer, they are a drinks company”. Hamilton admitted that Red Bull “proved me wrong”.
“Everything I’ve said about the team in the past I didn’t mean negatively. A few years ago I think I said something about the fact that they are an energy drink manufacturer or something like that.
“I was only trying to indicate that you would normally put your money on a car manufacturer. But they proved me wrong. They did a very good job.”