Lewis Hamilton supposes Mercedes are going to find it”hard to overcome” rejuvenated Ferrari at F1’s upcoming races but has backed the world champions to climb into the renewed challenge.
On a track, against all pre-weekend expectations in Singapore that needs high downforce – a 2019 Ferrari weakness – that the Scuderia finished first and second in Sunday’s race to extend their winning run – their very best order for 11 years.
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As a result, Mercedes have suffered three successive defeats for only the second time in the last six seasons.
And together with Ferrari now apparently having found a breakthrough by using their car on tracks which do not require horsepower – the SF90 strength – Hamilton is currently expecting a fight that is more constant.
“I am a realist, therefore I see the situation we’re in and they’ve only come up with some type of upgrade that’s possibly put their car… maybe they’ve had a good car all year and it just wasn’t working in the perfect window,” explained Hamilton on Sunday night.
“Who knows, because it’s unlikely they’ve attracted a massive, massive update that is brought 20-30 points [of [ downforce] to some thing which performance-wise is likely what you’d expect they have accepted here.
“But obviously their automobile works well everywhere now so it’s definitely going to be quite difficult to beat them, especially as they’re so fast on the straights. We can not compete on the straights right now.”
Mercedes should’pull our socks up’
Despite Ferrari streak, Hamilton and Mercedes’ constant winning form prior to the August summer break means that they remain firmly on course to defend their world names.
Hamilton extended his title contribute to 65 points over Valtteri Bottas, while Ferrari’s lead runner, Leclerc, will be 96 points adrift with 156 points to perform for over the last six races.
“We have won previously with not the ideal car but it’s how we deliver over the weekend.
“At the moment they’re delivering better from the operations area. I did enough at the race to emerge and lead but the processes that are whole didn’t get the job done as well as it should do. So we’ve only got to re-huddle, return together, work hard and move forward”
The world champion added:”Of course it’s got tighter and tighter as the year has gone on, we work on this, but in exactly the exact identical time we have only got to do a better job.
“We were doing such a excellent job at the beginning of the year plus we have this gap, but the gap can certainly go. I’m under no illusions, my gap at the championship – it is not won.
“We’ve got to pull up our socks. We can do better. But we lose and win as a group and most of us do not feel good at the moment.”
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