Lewis Hamilton supposes Mercedes are likely to get it”hard to beat” rejuvenated Ferrari in F1’s forthcoming races – but has endorsed the world champions to climb into the revived challenge.
On a course, against all expectations in Singapore that demands high downforce – a 2019 Ferrari weakness – that the Scuderia completed first and second in Sunday’s race to expand their winning streak – their best sequence for 11 years.
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Mercedes have suffered three successive defeats that were race-day for just the second time in the previous six seasons.
And together with Ferrari apparently having found a breakthrough with their car on paths which do not demand horsepower – the established strength of the SF90 – Hamilton is expecting a struggle that is consistent.
“I’m a realist so I see the problem we’re in and they have just come up with some sort of upgrade that is perhaps put their auto… perhaps they’ve had a fantastic car all year and it just wasn’t functioning in the perfect window,” explained Hamilton on Sunday night.
“Who knows, as it’s unlikely they’ve attracted a gigantic, massive upgrade that has brought 20-30 things [of [ downforce] to a thing which performance-wise is probably what you would expect they’ve taken here.
“But obviously their car works well everywhere today so it’s going to be somewhat difficult to conquer them, especially as they’re so quick on the straights. We can not compete together on the straights at the moment.”
Mercedes must’pull our socks up’
Despite Ferrari’s winning streak, Hamilton and Mercedes’ winning kind before the August summer break implies that they remain on course.
Hamilton really extended his title lead over Valtteri Bottas to 65 points, while Leclerc, Ferrari’s guide writer, is 96 points adrift with 156 points to play over the final six races.
“We’ve won earlier with not the very ideal auto but it’s really how we deliver the weekend.
“At the moment they’re providing better in the operations region. Today I did enough in the race to come out and lead but the procedures did not do the job. So we have just got to re-huddle, reunite with them, work and move forwards.”
The world champion added:”Obviously it has got tighter and tighter as the season has gone on, we operate on this, but in the identical time we’ve just got to do a much better job.
“We’re doing such a great job at the start of the year and we have this difference, but the difference could go. I am under no illusions – it is not won yet.
“We’ve got to pull our socks up. We can do better. But we lose and win as a team and all of us don’t feel great at this time.”
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