Formula 1 News: Hamilton Believes Mercedes Still Under Pressure, Raikkonen Says Ferrari Better Than Last Year, & More
Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes is still under pressure from race rivals. Despite being 67 points ahead in this year’s Formula 1 Constructor Standings, the reigning world champion admitted that they can still feel the pressure from other teams.
“We are the greatest team – but we have more pressure from our rivals than ever before, so it’s important we keep pulling together and refining any weak areas,” Hamilton told Fox Sports. The team hasn’t been without problems this year. During the Spanish grand prix, Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg crashed into each other. Both cars had to be retired to the race, costing the team valuable points.
Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari is better than last year. They may yet to win a grand prix this year, but Raikkonen believes his team is already in a much better form than it was back in 2015.
According to a report from crash.net, he said, “People are saying we’re not doing as well as last year but if you look just at wins, then we’re not, but that doesn’t really tell you the big picture.” For his part, the Finn has made a number of trips to the podium this year. The world champion currently ranks fourth in the driver standings, ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Fernando Alonso says it’s a tough battle in the midfield. The Spaniard believes McLaren is now more competitive than ever, but with competition tight in the midfield, he hopes his team will be able to pull away from the pack.
According to a report from The Checkered Flag, Alonso explained, “The teams need to work hard to set up the cars to meet the demands of the circuit, and a lot can happen during the course of the grand prix, so let’s see what we can do.”
Williams believes they still have something to be “proud” of, despite lackluster season. Things might not exactly be going their way but Williams boss Claire Williams believes that her team still has a reason to celebrate.
She told Motorsport, “I think we can consider ourselves to have done a good job and we should be proud of the job we have done to be in that position, fighting against team.” The team boss also explained that it’s hard to fight with teams who have bigger budgets than them.
Tire choices for Baku revealed. All eyes may currently be on the upcoming race in Montreal, but that doesn’t mean Formula 1 teams are not planning ahead. In fact, Pirelli has released everyone’s tire choices for the Baku circuit.
Although there is variation with the number of sets, all teams have decided to stock up on supersoft tires for the Baku City race. Mercedes chose eights sets of supersofts for both their drivers while Ferrari decided on seven sets each.