Hamilton: Ferrari and Renault will need something special to catch us

2014 Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ rivals will need to do something special to challenge them on a track which should play to their strengths this weekend.

Asked in the Canadian Grand Prix whether the long straights on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would help their rivals catch up, Hamilton said: “I would be guessing but I don’t feel that would be the case.”

“We’re particularly strong on the straights, Mercedes are,” he continued.

“But I don’t know, maybe we’ll be surprised this weekend. But long straights do suit us very well, we have very good power curve on our engine, Mercedes has done the best job with the engines.

“So Renault and Ferrari will have to have done an exceptional job coming into this weekend, in terms of that area, to be able to keep up with us on the straights.”

Fellow Mercedes engine user Felipe Massa expects the works Mercedes team to remain a step ahead of the rest.

“Definitely it can be a good track for most of the cars that are using Mercedes,” said the Williams driver.

“So I think maybe we seen even a big difference compared to Mercedes and the other teams because, as Lewis said, the engine is amazing. It was a very good job done by Mercedes and they have a good car in braking and everything so for sure maybe we can see even a big difference.”

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47 comments on Hamilton: Ferrari and Renault will need something special to catch us

  1. Seba (@f1fan123) said on 5th June 2014, 17:07

    Not exactly rocket science, is it? Stating the obvious.

    • Karthik Mohan said on 5th June 2014, 18:10

      Maybe the F1 media should start asking intelligent questions rather than obvious ones.

      • Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 5th June 2014, 18:20


        I’m absolutely fed up with that official interviewer asking those questions. Not only their content is dull, but he ask them in a strange manner as if he himself would be willing to go with the plan of the PR robot answers. I’m particularly annoyed by him inserting ‘obviously’ after every second of his words. Like he’s implying ‘obviously, this is the xth sample question, obviously provide your next sample answer, please’.

  2. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 5th June 2014, 17:15

    That “something special” is 50 extra horsepower and better fuel consumption.

    Good luck.

    • Eric (@) said on 5th June 2014, 17:53


      And a more efficient ERS and a tighter, more aero efficient rear end.

      In short, the Mercedes is better in every aspect.

      • William Stuart (@williamstuart) said on 5th June 2014, 19:03

        No, the Ferrari engine is more impressive technically, it takes up less space in the car, meaning the turbo and gearbox can be low down, forward in the car, allowing the coanda effect to be greater as the engine doesn’t interfere at the back. However, because there are a few issues with it, that prevent it from being the best, people aren’t making a big deal of how impressive the engine is. Of course, the Mercedes engine is better, because it works better, but it’s not better in every aspect.

        • Clarky said on 5th June 2014, 20:10

          Have you seen the rear or the ferrari to the Merc…?

          I think you’ll find the merc is alot tighter.

        • Dan said on 5th June 2014, 22:33


          You gotta be kidding if their rear was so good then why are they behind Reb Bull?.Their engine is nothing as good as Merc’s in no aspect. Red Bull engine is bad but at least their closer in the downforce sector than anyone else, if your comment was correct then it should be Ferrari.

        • DaveD (@daved) said on 5th June 2014, 23:59

          Actually, I’ve seen a couple of reports out of the Ferrari camp that they screwed up and made the turbo to small to supply the needed power. And of course, they can’t change it till next year now so they’re stuck trying to overcome that mistake in other areas.

  3. trotter said on 5th June 2014, 17:28

    I still think homologating engines in the first year after such dramatic change in regulations is stupidity only F1 can come up with. Thank god they at least had enough sense to do in-season testing this year.

    • William Stuart (@williamstuart) said on 5th June 2014, 19:05

      I think it makes things more exciting, as the cars are actually very different to each other, instead of how it was the last few years, with the cars being so similar.

    • timi (@timi) said on 5th June 2014, 19:42

      Well if you’re of the group who think the engines are expensive too expensive… Then without homologation you’d be even more disgruntled with F1 costs..

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 5th June 2014, 20:51

      As far as I know, engine makers still get to make changes for next season, so i’ts not homologated forever. However, getting into this new world homologation should be after a few races, not before race#1.

  4. Karthik Mohan said on 5th June 2014, 17:28

    Headlines: “Lewis Hamilton says rivals are absolutely useless, questions Ferrari and Red Bull engineer’s worthiness.”

    :D :D

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 5th June 2014, 17:37

      Yeah …again the sensationalism…he is talking about montreal and not in a generic way .I know that one should read the full article … but adding ‘this weekend’ at the end of the title would have been more accurate.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th June 2014, 18:04

        @hamilfan What did you think “2014 Canadian Grand Prix” meant?

        • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 5th June 2014, 18:23

          @keithcollantine I think It means the articles published with that subtitle are about the forthcoming Grand Prix . That need not necessarily have anything to do with the quote . I am not accusing the website or anything . Just my personal opinion on the article’s title .
          @Karthik Completely agreed . This is one of the great places in the f1 web where words are seldom mixed and abuses are never pelted out .

      • Karthik Mohan said on 5th June 2014, 18:09

        I don’t think this forum has ever had any misleading titles mate! I was talking about the other f1 media who seem to sensationalize everything Lewis says! Like the daily mail or the sun! F1Fanatic is probably one of the few decent f1 forums out there!

        • Nick (@nick-uk) said on 5th June 2014, 18:33

          One aticle missquoted Frank Williams as saying Williams F1 “lucked into” the Mercedes engine deal. FW did use the words “lucked in” but the full sentence was “I wouldn’t say we lucked into it, be circumstances existed…” etc.

          • Breno (@austus) said on 6th June 2014, 13:33

            When you switch engines every couple of years, I guess you eventually get the best one.

    • Fsoud (@udm7) said on 5th June 2014, 18:15

      You mean the time he called Fernando a Spanish baby and Kimi too stupid to form full sentences? ;)

    • John H (@john-h) said on 5th June 2014, 18:42

      At least no one is being accused of hanging their balls by the pool yet!

  5. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 5th June 2014, 18:42

    Uh oh, happy Lewis has rocked up. Nico, you don’t stand a chance my friend…

  6. lauren2013 said on 5th June 2014, 19:48

    Funny how Lewis has no problem with dominating in a dominant car considering he took shots at Vettel over the past few years for only winning because of the car advantage.

    I hope Lewis screws up mid-season again as he has done several years & never wins another championship, he doesn’t deserve more titles because hes an arrogant, hypocrite, baby, whiner, poor loser who has no respect for anyone but himself.

    • Donsimon said on 6th June 2014, 9:25

      Bitter nonsense. Grow up.

    • Michael C said on 6th June 2014, 9:37

      What an unfriendly comment, Lauren. This is a respected community fan forum and comments like this are unwelcome.

      • sonia luff (@sonia54) said on 7th June 2014, 11:45

        Strange i’ve read a lot of unfriendly comments on this site. I agree with Lauren to some extent people moaning about Vettel and his dominance but suddenly Lulu winning is great. Personally i would rather have races being won by different drivers to make the championship interesting and i’m English

  7. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th June 2014, 21:39

    Well, at least he isn’t doing the senseless downplaying of expectations that sometimes occurs when drivers are thrust into the spotlight. He knows where his car is, he has acknowledged he is in prime winning contention, now all he needs to do is win. Which shouldn’t be much of a problem.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th June 2014, 10:41

      Refreshing, I agree @vettel1. Now we all hope Rosberg gets close enough to not make it a walkover, or at least push Hamilton to make it such a phenomenal walkover we can only sit back and admire (see some of Vettels races in the past years)!

  8. the_donz said on 6th June 2014, 0:00

    “We’re particularly strong on the straights, Mercedes are,”

    He forgot to mention the corners, chicanes, kerbs, pitlane,gravel traps,artificial grass and tarmac run offs

  9. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 6th June 2014, 3:07

    Asked in the Canadian Grand Prix whether the long straights on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would help their rivals catch up

    Who the hell conducts this interviews?!?! has he seen a race this year?! how can longer straights help rivals that are several kph slower than Mercedes on… erm… straights!?!

    I’m just shocked…!

  10. Guy (@sudd) said on 6th June 2014, 5:03

    This reporter is hilarious! One, the question is so ignorant, two its worded very strangely. Seems like a clumsy attempt to get a controversial line out of LH. BTW, can someone tell this poor reporter that one of Mercs main advantage is top end speed. Sheesh!

  11. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 6th June 2014, 8:00

    Lewis is right. The other teams will need some sort of miracle to catch Mercedes in engine performance because engine efficiency updates will be good, but not enough to make up the gap, and, they have to redesign their power unit layout so that they can copy the Mercedes genius of putting the turbo charger and compressor at either end of the engine block.

    In short. No they won’t catch them unless they overhaul their cars completely.

  12. Eric Morman (@lethalnz) said on 6th June 2014, 14:00

    “Renault say their engine will be operating at its full potential for the first time in this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.”
    i am not standing up for the reporter, but the above statement from Renault is possibly why he asked that question,
    when you look at the replies to the above you would have thought its a forgone conclusion that Renault was going to blow Merc away, hence his reason for asking Ham i think.

  13. sreenath (@sreenath) said on 6th June 2014, 17:12

    Has ferrari got that special in fp1?

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