Lewis Hamilton expects another challenging battle with Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen on Sunday even with securing pole placement on an all-Mercedes entrance row at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Verstappen is now the six-times planet champion’s closest rival, the Dutchman 30 factors guiding following successful last weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone and ending next in the two races right before that.
The 22-calendar year-outdated will line up third on the grid, just one slot increased than he experienced final Sunday when he arrived by means of to earn with intelligent tyre approach though Mercedes experienced from blistering in the scorching circumstances.
“Tomorrow is heading to be tough when we get to the race,” Hamilton informed reporters in a online video meeting at the Circuit de Catalunya exterior Barcelona.
“More than a solitary lap we feel to have the edge over the Red Bulls but this weekend we seem to be to be quite significantly on par on race rate, so it is going to be a rough fight with Max tomorrow.”
Workforce boss Toto Wolff agreed with that evaluation, centered on the evidence from Friday apply, even if other things have been unique.
“The only similarity between Silverstone and Barcelona this 7 days is the ambient and the track temperatures,” the Austrian explained to reporters.
“But the track itself is extremely different. So we will not count on the exact same blistering problems like in Silverstone but nonetheless much more degradation and a lot more overheating. And I think Crimson Bull masters those ailments incredibly effectively.
“I hope we can give him a run for his revenue but unquestionably Max requirements to be viewed as the favorite based mostly on yesterday’s prolonged operates.”
Hamilton has gained each Spanish Grand Prix since Verstappen triumphed there on his Red Bull debut in 2016, a good results that made him the youngest System 1 race winner.
The Dutchman’s win at Silverstone ended Mercedes’s Sunday domination of the year so much, even if the team have still taken just about every pole, and hinted at even larger battles to arrive between the two drivers in the absence of Ferrari as a aggressive drive.
“I feel we extracted the most out of the car. We can’t complain really,” stated Verstappen of his qualifying. “I think the automobile was pretty aggressive.
“Of program there are still parts where we can do a better occupation — but we are absolutely improving the motor vehicle, which is very good.
“I felt quite happy in the extensive operate yesterday, with the balance of the car or truck and the wear of the tyres as properly.”