F1 »

Hamilton keeping open mind

Lewis Hamilton admits that Red Bull has an advantage at the Circuit de Catalunya, but is not giving up hope of a strong result in the Spanish GP.
Lewis Hamilton has said that he will put his faith in McLaren's straight-line speed in the battle with Red Bull Racing at the Circuit de Catalunya, having been comprehensively out-qualified by both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

Although the 2008 world champion was third fastest in Saturday's knock-out session, nine-tenths of a second separated him from polesitter Webber, but Hamilton insists that the race will be a different proposition, especially as McLaren has traditionally shown better Sunday performance this season.

"What can I say? I think [the Red Bulls] are extremely quick throughout the high-speed circuits," the Briton admitted, "Throughout the high-speed corners, they seem to be ridiculously fast, and maybe have more downforce and efficiency than other teams. They have obviously made a slight step on top of that, which is putting them a little bit further in the lead, but it is great to see us up there, best of the rest. It is kind of a good foundation, a good position, for us to work on.

"We have got a lot of work to do, but I think this car has got a lot of potential. We are just going to continue working on it. There is many different avenues we can go down to gain some good downforce, but I think so far we have done a great job and the stuff that has come this weekend has been a step forward. We just have to keep pushing them for more and continue to focus on the areas that we know where we are weakest and try and close the gap. At least we can fight. [Red Bull] are probably not as quick as us down the straight, which is a bonus, so we will see how the start goes tomorrow."

Having already claimed that the inside of row two was almost as good as pole given the chance to get a tow on the long run to turn one at the Circuit de Catalunya, Hamilton insisted that he was keeping an open mind about his chances on raceday, especially given Red Bull's hit-and-miss record in 2010.

"I believe anything is possible," he claimed, "If you look at the last few races, they just show that a lot goes on. Our race pace is perhaps quite a bit better than our qualifying pace, even though [Red Bull] are very, very fast and obviously have quite a big gap on us.

"Generally, the guy that starts at the front has maximum downforce, clean air, so is able to just control the race from there, [but] there is a chance at the beginning of the race. There is a chance when, and if, the weather hits us, so we have to remain optimistic and keep pushing. Ideally, we just want to finish as high as possible and score as many points as we can, whilst [Red Bull] are having their good days and, hopefully, we will have better days than them at some stage.

"I think, looking at the next few races, we go through different circuits with different downforce levels. I have no doubt they are going to be extremely competitive through Monaco but, for Montreal, I am hoping we will be a little bit closer to them. At the circuits where we have the high downforce like we have here, they generally have quite a good edge on the rest of the field but, hopefully, when we get to the other circuits with a little bit less downforce, we will be able to benefit the same as the other people with good straight line speed and be a little bit closer."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 3rd position
Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


arcuid

May 09, 2010 5:27 PM
Last Edited 2400 days ago

Lewis did a great job. He was just unlucky with that tyre failure but in an Autosport article he was philosophical on the whole situation. Tyre blow ups happen.

klim - Unregistered

May 09, 2010 5:23 PM

He drove superbly, that is a fact. I was really2 disappointed with Jense actually, since I am his big fan but seems, the race was quite a humiliation!. He cannot overtake Schumacher until the last lap!(I know he has some difficulty during the pitstop about the wheel nuts come off, as been told by the commentator) but he got few chances after the first stint and until then, disappointing! I really2 hope he will get better and I am supporting Hammy I think right now although the tyre failure was not his fault.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.