Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that the team does not need rain to win the Hungarian Grand Prix. His comments came inspite of being unable to match Ferrari’s pace during practice.
In a rain-lashed qualifying session, Hamilton snatched pole position at the Hungaroring. Although he was confident that the elements need not intervene, the five-time Hungarian GP winner knew that he has not been as strong as before.
“For a track that’s usually been so good to me and worked so well for me it’s not been really been the strongest for me the last couple of years, this year and last year.
“Even this weekend when it’s been dry Valtteri [Bottas] has been quicker than me all weekend, I’ve been struggling with the set-up and the feel with these tyres.”, he said.
Hamilton and Mercedes are wary of pressure from title rivals Ferrari in the race. He even confessed that they struggled in the long runs and that the Ferraris were quicker. It is common knowledge that track position is important here.
He predicted a close race between Mercedes and Ferrari for Sunday. According to him, surviving the tyre stint is going to be crucial. They will also have to keep an eye on temperature limits during the race.
The 4-time World Champion has predicted a close scrap for the win. Another important thing is to get a good start and fend off the two Ferraris of Raikkonen and Vettel. Also, even though the Red Bulls are starting a bit further down than usual, they must not be counted out.
Tomorrow will be long race especially since the weather is a bit of an unknown. Even though a dry race is expected, the rain can roll in very quickly in these parts. If that happens, you had better bring plenty of snacks to watch the fun.