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Red Bull pace 'insane' insists Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says he feels McLaren on the same level as Mercedes heading to Australia – but that Red Bull are 'ridiculously fast'
Lewis Hamilton insists that Red Bull Racing are currently the team to beat in F1 after claiming that its car is 'ridiculously faster than anyone else'.

Red Bull ended the 2009 season as the quickest team on the grid and should have started its 2010 campaign with victory in Bahrain, before a spark plug failure saw Sebastian Vettel drop from the lead of the race down to fourth.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the second round of the season in Australia next weekend, Hamilton said he felt that Red Bull's pace was 'insane' and stated his belief that Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber should be further ahead of the rest of the field than they currently are.

“The Red Bull is ridiculously fast,” the McLaren man was quoted by Reuters. “It's insane. The downforce they had on their car last year was at points just about double what we had. Even at the end of the year they had so much more than us, even though we won a couple of grands prix.

“They have got the fastest car by quite a big margin. They should be quite a lot further ahead in general.”

Hamilton added that he felt Ferrari were currently the closest team to Red Bull in terms of pace, but insisted that McLaren and Mercedes weren't far behind.

“Fernando [Alonso] I think was very quick in the [Bahrain] race and they are obviously a little closer, but it's still a good half second,” he said. “We are kind of on the same level as Mercedes I would say.

“We just did maybe a better job at the weekend but it's a battle between us and Mercedes to see who can step up and improve faster and do a better job.”



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Paul Buckland

March 21, 2010 7:05 PM

CarCrazed - are you an aerodynamicist ? Of course you are. So am I. Why is Lewis Hamilton not allowed to express his opinion, even though he is in a far better position to have a meaningful one, while most of you lot, who in the main are load of know-nothing armchair enthusiasts, are allowed to say what you think from a position of complete ignorance ? Anyone, no matter who they are, gets it the neck for daring to say anything, then the moan is there are no personalities in the sport anymore. Just what is it you want ?

richard

March 21, 2010 8:57 PM

cobalt. Dennis "thinks" that vettels car ran out of fuel. so what if it did? it finished the race, and that is what matters. i tend to believe renault and rbr who both say the plug was faulty. this alone would cause the engine to use more fuel, as seb had to use the engine harder to compensate. maybe that is why he "ran out of fuel", but i did read one report that reported that he was told to switch the engine off! the simple fact is that the rbr is faster than the others, bar possibly ferrari. but we will need a few races to find out if this is true. one race does not make the season!



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