Lewis Hamilton: Threat from Ferrari F1 team is 'exciting'

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says the prospect of more battles between Mercedes and Ferrari during the 2016 season is exciting

Lewis Hamilton: Threat from Ferrari F1 team is 'exciting'

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen capitalised on slow starts for Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to lead more than half of the Australian Grand Prix, before Mercedes' tyre strategy enabled it to get back ahead to take a one-two finish.

Hamilton believes Ferrari will remain a thorn in the side of Mercedes, and he is looking forward to more battles between the top two teams from this weekend's Bahrain GP.

"I'm excited at the thought of more races like Melbourne," he said.

"There are going to be weekends where we're a few seconds up the road from Ferrari, races where it's wheel-to-wheel and races they might be ahead.

"We really don't know, and that's exciting.

"Bahrain has been entertaining for the past two seasons, so more of the same would be great."

While Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff believes the team's advantage in Australia was "healthy", he and Nico Rosberg are also preparing for another battle with Vettel and Raikkonen - who missed out on victory by 3.3s at Sakhir in 2015.

"We've stepped up our game once again, but Ferrari were a real threat all weekend in Melbourne and it's clear that we've got a big battle on our hands," said Rosberg.

"I've had some great battles in Bahrain in the last two years with Lewis and the Ferraris, so I'm expecting more of the same and looking forward to that."

Wolff added: "We have made a solid start to the season.

"However, while our advantage in Melbourne was a healthy one, it was close enough that those bad starts could easily have cost us that race.

"Bahrain is a race that should suit Ferrari, so we expect even smaller gaps and a very close match this weekend."

shares
comments
Renault wants F1 fuel limit scrapped because it's 'not endurance'

Previous article

Renault wants F1 fuel limit scrapped because it's 'not endurance'

Next article

Toto Wolff fears F1's new qualifying format will disappoint again

Toto Wolff fears F1's new qualifying format will disappoint again
Load comments
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Plus

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021