Hamilton hoping for a competitive Red Bull outfit

  • 14 Jan 2019 11:13
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping that Red Bull's new partnership with Honda can push it towards championship contention in 2019. The energy drink squad will run with Honda engines after its junior outfit Toro Rosso trialled the units in the 2018 season.

Red Bull has not been in contention for the title since its dominating year in 2013 with Sebastian Vettel. It has blamed previous engine supplier Renault for the lack of competitiveness since 2014 and has opted for a different approach with Honda going forward.

Hamilton has competed against Ferrari and Vettel over the last two years, and while he expects the same again in 2019, he is hoping that Red Bull can join the fight with Max Verstappen and Piere Gasly.

“I would imagine it’s going to be Sebastian [as my main rival], and Valtteri [Bottas] alongside me, but will Red Bull… they’ve got a great car, and they were very strong at the end of the year,” said Hamilton.

“They’ve got a new engine next year. Will it be able to compete with ours? I hope so, because that would be epic if Red Bull could really start to mingle with us a bit more, weekend in, weekend out.

“They’ve got to obviously improve on their reliability which has been a big downfall for them this year. So there’s lots of areas, but I really wish them all the best - and we are down for the competition that’s for sure.”

Hamilton has won every title but one in the turbo hybrid era, losing out in 2016 ex-teammate Nico Rosberg. However, Hamilton doesn't put his success down to on single factor, stating that he has strengthened with experience.

“I don’t think it’s been a year of particularly one thing being learnt,” he said. “As I’ve grown, I’ve understood myself more and more, I’m able to centre myself and censor things and balance things better, which you get with experience, as you make mistakes you learn from them.

“And I’ve just been able to be a better me all year long and that’s never going to stop, I’m going to continue trying to work on that and try to work on the output, on the energy that I’m projecting to people, my commitment to all the different things that I have.”

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  • What he is really saying is "I hope that max will be fast enough to tangle(mingle) with the Ferrari's and to take Seb or Charles out every race and then all Valterri needs to do is cover me or let me past for the win".

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    • Jan 14 2019 - 12:48
  • blade

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    cmon mate, I think he's a little bit more talented than that.

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    • Jan 14 2019 - 13:57
  • mcbhargav

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    I think, Redbull can not be more reliable than 2018 with brand new engines, and with Gasly instead of Ricciardo, they might as well stay where they are in the order.

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    • Jan 14 2019 - 17:18
  • What he says is: 'I'd like to fight and win, and think I'm doing all I can to achieve it.' Nothing new, but sounds OK to me.

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    • Jan 14 2019 - 19:20
    • More like "I like to fight if my car is 2 secs faster and my teammate is my b**ch".

      Yeah, Lewis mate, we know.

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      • Jan 14 2019 - 19:23
    • Yep, I was thinking the same. But, we can only hope that with Max being a little more mature and LeClerc in a prancing pony we might see a little more competition for Hammy. "As long as Bottas is still my bitch."

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      • Jan 16 2019 - 23:55

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