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Hamilton ‘surprised’ at genuine threat from Ferrari in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks in a press conference during Day Three of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 14, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari could be a huge threat to Mercedes and Red Bull at Monaco after the Scuderia ended Thursday practice with a shocking one-two. Hamilton has three victories from the opening four races of the year. He is leading the race with a 14-point gap over Red Bull rival Max Verstappen.

“I’ve generally enjoyed it,” said Hamilton on his return to the track. “It’s a challenge. Naturally, I think the Ferraris are really strong. It’s surprising to see them improve so much but that’s great. It means more competition.”

Asked if he believed the threat from Ferrari was genuine, he added: “I’m seeing what you’re seeing and I’m generally just focused on my job but it looks like it so we’ll see.”

Instead of focusing on Verstappen, the Briton again referred to Ferrari.

“The tyres are generally lasting several laps so you have more than just one lap to get the time which in some ways is good, but there’s traffic and it’s not an easy track to navigate,” added Hamilton.

“Ferrari, particularly in the past for whatever reason, have been very quick at getting temperatures in. Red Bull is generally like that too so we’ve got some work to do.”

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