Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011

Hamilton wary of Mercedes and Ferrari

2011 Turkish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Istanbul, 2011

Lewis Hamilton says the Turkish Grand Prix showed Mercedes and Ferrari have made progress.

Hamilton told his official website: “I think Sunday showed how close it is among the top teams: we saw at the weekend how strong Mercedes and Ferrari can be when they have a clear run at a weekend.

“But we also know that we didn?t really get the maximum from the package we expected to run in Turkey.

“As always, we?re fighting to bring lots of new parts to the track, and it isn?t always possible to run them ?ǣ either from a performance or reliability point of view.

“Even before first practice, we knew we were going to have to scale back our ambitions on the development front for this particular race.

“Of course, that?s disappointing but you have to look at the bigger picture: the championship will be won through consistency, so it?s better to score points with a decent result than risk a non-finish through a reliability failure despite having greater performance.”

Hamilton expects the two teams to remain a threat having got over their early problems:

“At the start of the season, we certainly expected Ferrari and Mercedes to be competitive ?ǣ and, even when they couldn?t quite deliver on their winter testing performance in the first three races, we knew it was only a matter of time before they got back into their stride.

“So seeing their pace at Turkey wasn?t a surprise ?ǣ it was actually more of a surprise that they hadn?t shown it since the start of the season.

“Having more teams in the fight works both ways ?ǣ it makes it harder to score good points if you?ve got lots of other drivers taking points off each other, but on the flip side, it should make it harder for anyone to decisively pull ahead in the points table ?ǣ which was something we saw last year.”

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