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Hamilton: Ferrari not extracting potential from 2019 car

  • Published on 16 Apr 2019 10:13
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton believes that Ferrari has struggled to maximise the potential from the SF90 at the opening three races of the year.

Mercedes has bagged three consecutive one-two finishes, getting the best start from any team since the 1992 season.

The Silver Arrows already boasts a healthy lead in the championship standings over Ferrari, but Hamilton has backed the Maranello squad to come back stronger in the future races.

"I think the last race, you can’t say that was necessarily full merit because we weren’t quick enough to win the race really but things happened along the way," he said.

"You have to put yourself in a position to get the win so we did that. I think particularly the first one and this one were full merit.

“They’ve got a good car, the Ferraris, it just doesn’t look like they’re extracting their full potential on a weekend and their execution is not always as faultless as they have shown in the past.

“We will have ups and downs. But that’s where we are really diligent in making sure our processes are as accurate as we can be.”

Hamilton added that the difference between the two has been that Mercedes has been able to make the race work for it and obtain the strongest possible result.

"I think as a team everyone arrives and does their best job. You’ve got to try and operate at 100 percent and we’re close to that.”

“With what we have, we are operating at its full potential. But there will be more performance improvements to come in the future, we will make steps forward.”

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  • Mbamg

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    This website is lit.

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    • Apr 16 2019 - 15:57
  • Mbamg

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    Yeah Hamilton, a shame here is no competition for you because it means your campaign is too easy and boring.

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    • Apr 16 2019 - 15:58
  • I don't really need to say this, but Hamilton has proven time and again he is THE class act on the grid. You may not like him, and Im not a fan of some of the things he does or says, but you have to respect the fact he hardy ever makes mistakes, is the fastest driver on any single lap, no-body can come close to driving like he can in the wet.....those ho say he has no competition are right - he doesn't !

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    • Apr 16 2019 - 22:23
  • f1ski

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    The MB must have some serious limitations that we may see later. Lewis talking a lot of crap to get into everyone head and it must because he is worried. I believe he ws sandbagging all the fp sessions to get into bottas's head for the race. I mean it is great strategy but I feel it is a sign of something else.

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    • Apr 16 2019 - 23:27
  • I think he's riding what he's saying though. It looks like Ferrari does have more potential than they have utilized. I just hope this season they can get out of their own way.

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    • Apr 17 2019 - 20:25

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