Christijan Albers says Lewis Hamilton “certainly doesn’t have the best car”

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Dutch driver Christijan Albers says in 2021 Lewis Hamilton has the best power unit, but not the best car, and he acknowledges that the FIA purposefully slowed down Mercedes.

On De Telegraaf’s Formula 1 podcast former F1 driver Christijan Albers gave his thoughts on the ‘who has the fastest car’ debate.

“Hamilton has the best power unit, but he certainly doesn’t have the best car,” Albers said.

“I think Red Bull has the best car this year. We all know that the hardest hit has come to Mercedes and not Red Bull. That does make it nice for us as fans to go and watch.

“Ross Brawn has done his job well though. He looked at where can I punish some to make the others come closer. Well, he did. We have a super nice fight.

“The penalty [brought about by the 2021 rule changes] for Mercedes is of course much bigger than for Red Bull’s. That’s the reason why it’s such a close fight now as well. If you start looking at the mechanical grip the Red Bull is just much better than the Mercedes.

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“Let’s just be happy that Lewis Hamilton is a megastar, that he has a hundred wins and I don’t know how many championships to come.

“That means if Max Verstappen beats him later, he’s way up there again anyway.”

Albers didn’t want to speculate on when the drivers’ championship will be wrapped up.

“It depends a bit on the tendency of the circuits. I find it very difficult to say because some circuits suit the Red Bull very well.

“At some circuits, the Mercedes would be much stronger, so we gotta wait and see. I think in Turkey the Mercedes will be very strong again, similar to the Red Bull, so that’s another weekend where Lewis should technically score the maximum points.

“Those are tracks that suit the Mercedes. That’s where Max will struggle, anyway,” concluded the Dutch driver.

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