F1 »

Spanish F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton: ‘Red Bull in the back of my mind’

Lewis Hamilton is wary of how close Red Bull might be to Mercedes at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton is wary of how close Red Bull might be to Mercedes at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel was a close challenger to Nico Rosberg for second place in Malaysia, but since then Mercedes has been comfortably clear of every other car in the field. However, Hamilton believes it is only the power unit that gives Mercedes an advantage and says the characteristics of the Circuit de Catalunya should highlight just how strong the RB10 is.

“The Red Bulls are in the back of my mind thinking that they have a car that has a little bit more downforce than us, they just don't have as much power as us maybe,” Hamilton said. “Here is a circuit where it is very much a downforce dependant circuit, so I think this weekend will be a real good indication of how good their car is. Definitely Fernando [Alonso] picked up a lot of pace at the last race, so it's the Red Bulls and Ferraris that we're going to keep an eye out for.”

Expanding on why he feels the gap will be smaller in Spain, Hamilton said longer straights give Mercedes the biggest gain.

“We have less straights here and shorter straights as well. When you look at data or you look at GPS followings of other teams their loss is in the latter parts of the straights so you've reduced that significantly here.

“So, naturally already before everyone has put the upgrades on this weekend the gap would be closer I think. Everyone is going to be bringing upgrades this weekend – some more than others – so it will be interesting to see if that gap is still there or not.”

While admitting the title fight has made the season “much more intense”, Hamilton says he is relishing being part of it.

“Generally I'm able to [switch off]. That's just what I do. You arrive, you switch on and then when you're able to leave you just switch off in to another zone. But this is a much more intense season so far and perfection is required every weekend to get that result, especially when you have a good team-mate who is also doing an exceptional job.

“To come to a race weekend and know that we have a car that we can compete with – we had that last year but even more so this year – is just a feeling that I don't remember having for a long, long time. So I'm just enjoying every moment because you don't know when it comes or goes again.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 (pole position), Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 (2nd position) and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 (3rd position)
John Watson driving the McLaren MP4B at the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix, Las Vegas
Guy Moll at the 1934 Grand Prix Automobile de Montreux   [pic credit:Agence de presse Meurisse/Bibliothèque nationale de France]
2014 FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon is to test with Lotus F1
12.10.2014- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, the start
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
12.10.2014- Vitaly Mutko (RUS) Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
12.10.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in the press conference after the race
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebrates Manufactor title of Mercedes with the team
12.10.2014- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014-  Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 with a fan
12.10.2014- Fabiana Flosi (BRA)
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
12.10.2014- Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03 and all the Marussia F1 Team show a panel for Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03

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.


May 08, 2014 5:35 PM

Red Bull could be in the back of your mind, but as long as you keep their cars at the back of your own car at the end of the race it would still be OK for you and your team. Anyway I hope that RBR and a few others manages to close the gap to Mercedes. That's for the sake of the sport.

© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

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