F1: MercedesAMG “…will really have to deliver to beat Ferrari”
MercedesAMG’s lead ‘shoe’ Lewis Hamilton knows how to handle pressure, and he demonstrated that ability recently by winning in Germany and Hungary. But the Silver Arrow’s star is keenly aware that both he and the team are having to dig deeper than ever to stay ahead of arch rival Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari’s lead driver.
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) have made huge strides this year, and Mr. Vettel’s F1 racer is regarded as the best car on the grid, a fact Hamilton attests to.
Nevertheless it is Mr. Hamilton who has the title lead into F1’s Summer break, with a 24-point advantage over his #1 competitor, Sebastian Vettel.
“We are racing a team that is faster than us this year,” Lewis Hamilton says.
The momentum has swung between the 2 championship drivers all season, and Mr. Hamilton says that his MercedesAMG team must continue to ‘over-deliver’. That something he believes they must continue doing this season if his pursuit of a 5th wworld championship title actually happens.
“We are racing a team that is faster than us this year,” he said. “Last year we were quite balanced, as there were some weekends they were faster than us and some weekends we were faster than them.
“But this year it is swinging more in their direction. We are having to over-deliver on race weekends and pull out more on weekends where we are not quick enough. The pressure to extract every millimetre of every ounce is greater than ever if I want to be number one at the end.”
Mr. Hamilton has suggested that mistakes could be Key in deciding the title winner this year, as he is focusing on an error-free 2-H of the season.
“Ultimately last year we reached just as high in terms of pressure at some point – it is just that this year it is even closer than last year as you know, so the smallest mistakes are even more costly.
“Then there is more pressure. That is the same for any sport if you know the last shot or last serve is the most important point it is the most intense battle.”
Mr. Hamilton will have a chance to increase his advantage over Mr. Vettel when F1 returns to action at the Belgian Grand Prix on 24-26 August, and of course Mr. Vettel will have the same chance of jumping ahead of Mr. Hamilton in the standings, remember Ferrari is the best car on the grid.
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