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Martin Brundle: “Hamilton and Mercedes are “playing” with Ferrari”

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Former Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle reckons that Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are ultimately playing with Ferrari.

The Silver Arrows have been completely dominant this campaign as Mercedes have won every single race so far in the 2019 season.

“One of the more remarkable yet most annoying facts was that on lap 53 Lewis Hamilton on twenty-nine lap old tyres delivered a time of 1:32.764. On the same lap, on fresh tyres, Sebastian Vettel determinedly stole the fastest lap world championship point with a 1.32.740,” Brundle wrote in his Sky Sports column. “Hamilton and Mercedes are just playing with the opposition like a cat with a ball of wool. I’m not saying it’s easy, because F1 is not, but they have reserves of speed yet and we are not seeing-flat out racing.

“Which makes it even more painful that Ferrari took many of their updated aero parts off the car because they weren’t better. They didn’t close the gap to a cruising Mercedes around Paul Ricard. Vettel and Charles Leclerc drove fine races, the latter almost catching Valtteri Bottas on the final lap after the Virtual Safety Car was deployed due to an errant bollard. Which rather sums up the race.”

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