Lewis Hamilton believes it’s too early to check with a ‘Max Verstappen period’ following the Dutchman’s success in clinching a second consecutive drivers world title with Crimson Bull
Mercedes’ seven-time champion, who was controversially crushed by Verstappen on the ultimate lap of final yr’s last race in Abu Dhabi, instructed it remained attainable Ferrari can overhaul Crimson Bull and alter the narrative.
And his view was supported by Charles Leclerc who stated he’s working in direction of stopping a Verstappen and Crimson Bull period of dominance.
“It’s too early to say,” stated Hamilton, who’s and not using a win this season for the primary time since he entered System One in 2007.
“If we get into subsequent yr and so they’re dominating once more, then sure, however the Ferraris have been faster than them all through qualifying…
“I feel they’ve in all probability had higher efficiency for almost all of the season. Now, all they should do is decide up their race tempo and so they’ll be proper with them.
“I feel we’ve obtained a a lot, a lot larger step and steeper hill to climb, however hopefully not unattainable.”
Verstappen goes into this weekend’s Mexico Grand Prix chasing a document for many wins in a single season after drawing degree with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel on 13.
Leclerc saluted his consistency and runaway success, however he believes Ferrari’s work on enhancing their automobile and efficiency subsequent season will repay.
“I hope not,” stated the Monegasque when confronted with the prospect of a ‘Verstappen period’. “I’ll do the whole lot I can to forestall that and as a workforce we’re additionally engaged on that.
“I feel it is rather clear for us the place we have to enhance. Over one lap, we’re actually robust and I feel we’re on the identical degree as Crimson Bull — over the course of a race, then we’re scuffling with tyres.
“Trying again on the season, there’s been not solely tyre degradation, however there have been errors in technique, communication and tyre administration.”
“We are attempting to make use of these final races in one of the best ways attainable as a way to problem Max and Crimson Bull for the championship subsequent yr.
“I’m assured we are able to try this as a result of I understand how laborious we’re working and I’m assured that we’re working in the best course.”
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