Lewis Hamilton Reckons ‘Mistakes’ are Holding Back Red Bull F1 From Challenging for Race Wins

Published 05/07/2021, 4:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton has had rather straightforward races over the past few seasons, with neither his teammate nor the rivals matching the Briton’s blistering pace.

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However, this season looks to be writing an entirely different story with Max Verstappen rising up as the 7-time World Champion’s next challenge. And initially, Red Bull’s pace looked a bit slow for Hamilton in Bahrain.

However, a strong comeback in Portimao has suggested otherwise with Mercedes hinting at exceeding their rival’s pace with crucial updates. Have Mercedes got themselves ahead of Red Bull? Well, Hamilton has the answer to this.

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What did Lewis Hamilton say?

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, the Briton revealed that Red Bull are still much faster than Mercedes. However, he opined that mistakes are hindering the Milton Keynes outfit from maximizing their potential.

I think they still have performance on us. They’re just making a lot of mistakes,” Hamilton reckoned. “And we can’t continue to rely on that to get the results we are getting.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crosses the line to win the race REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

From being a constant podium contender, Verstappen has certainly joined the fight for the title this season.

And considering almost every single critic has rated the Dutchman as a future World Champion, their predictions could potentially come true in 2021.

All that stands between the youngster and the trophy is Hamilton and his near-perfect team, Mercedes. And it is not going to be an easy task for Red Bull.

There’s a lot of work to do: Hamilton

The 36-year-old reckoned that Verstappen had the pace to beat Mercedes during the qualifying session in Portimao, and not just by a fine margin, but by over 0.2 seconds.

It’s unknown to us. But in the last race if he finished the lap that got taken away from him, he would have been a couple of tenths ahead,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Because of that mistake, it felt like they’ve come closer to us rather than us closer to them. There’s a lot of work to do.”

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Either way, this is an exciting battle to watch. And this specific duel is definitely going to be the highlight of the upcoming race weekend in Spain.

Will Verstappen manage to oust his rival this time around and get his redemption?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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