Hamilton stunned by Silverstone speed

07 July, 2018, 10:35 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • First-lap contact with Verstappen was fair- Raikkonen			Getty Images for Red Bull

Vettel found almost 0.5s in performance between the two sessions, while Hamilton ended up losing 0.25s compared to his Friday morning pace.

"It's a small step in the right direction, but more important was that the balance was there right away and I felt a good rhythm from the start of the day".

Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas both did not finish the race.

"They are definitely on a high at the minute and it's going to need to continue", Hamilton said during Thursday's press conference at the Silverstone circuit.

"The track is the fastest it has ever been". Because the speeds we go into Turn 1 are insane.

"Frédéric Vasseur told me that when Lewis was in GP2 he was the only young driver that when he got out of the vehicle said: "You don't need to look at the data as my driving was not good".

But Hamilton was excited to be tackling what he feels is the "best track in the world". The speeds we're going now, the g-forces we're pulling through Copse, through Maggots and Becketts - you're flat-out, going all the way into Maggots.

He said: "It's going to be very, very close this weekend, the Ferraris are really fast". "For us, I'm sure we can still fight on performance". With the nation gripped by World Cup fever Hamilton, who is looking to claim a fifth consecutive home race victory, does not want to miss out, especially as the showpiece event takes place on the only July weekend without an F1 race. "Here and there we've succeeded". It's true that they are very strong around here and we expect them to be very strong tomorrow, but I hope we can be there and I hope we can be close, that would be very good news.

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Mercedes have won the last four drivers' and constructors' championships but Wolff describes the fight with Ferrari as "the biggest challenge we have had so far". We've seen before that the hard tyre is more robust and you can push it more.

Driving legend Niki Lauda has stunningly revealed that Mercedes attempted to secure the signature of Max Verstappen a year ago before he eventually chose to re-sign with Red Bull.

Several other drivers, including Hamilton and Verstappen's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, suffered major blistering with the rear tyres over the rest of the grand prix.

Verstappen was squeezed by the Ferrari driver on the run to Turn 4 but retaliated a few corners later with a hard move that included the two cars bumping wheels and ultimately earned Verstappen the win as Mercedes' race imploded.

Niki Lauda has revealed that Mercedes tried to sign Max Verstappen a year ago.

With Silverstone basking in unusually hot weather, Ricciardo added: "Managing the temperatures will be key to having a better race vehicle".

Are Ferrari ahead in Mercedes territory? "At the end of the day it is not ideal to lose the second session, but feeling I had [in the car] before that was pretty good". Hamilton joked. "I want to watch the game".

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