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Lewis Hamilton concerned about double Red Bull threat in Max Verstappen title fight

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on May 02, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Lewis Hamilton has raised concerns about a double threat at Red Bull in his quest to become an eight-time world Champion this season. Hamilton has suffered back-to-back setbacks over the past few races.

“I mean their car is incredibly fast,” said Hamilton, after finishing 15th in Azerbaijan. “So I think undoubtedly the two of them together will make it difficult. That’s what we expected at the beginning of the year. So we’re going to just keep our head down.”

“I think it’s been an incredibly difficult two weeks, or two races,” he said. “And I think it’s obviously a painful experience. I think [Sunday] was really a stroke of bad luck. But Max had bad luck too, and these sorts of things happen.

“So naturally, sorry to all the team and we’ll just regroup and try and come back stronger. But I think there are lots of positives to take from the weekend in terms of where we recovered to get back to, and we’ll come back stronger.

“I think naturally you can see clearly the Red Bull is the quickest at the moment. Very, very hard to keep up with them. And so to have been in the mix, and in that position, was really an amazing experience.

“And it’s quite a humbling experience actually to come away with nothing after all the hard work. But these things happen.”

Hamilton and Mercedes have vowed to bounce back in Paul Ricard in over a week.


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