Hamilton doesn’t “fully understand” Ferrari’s improved pace

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Lewis Hamilton talks about Ferrari’s improved performance, and says “it’s great seeing the McLarens in the mix and even the AlphaTauris”.

At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Qualifying Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc scored his second consecutive pole position. After a difficult season in 2020, Ferrari seems to be back in the mix for top positions.

At the post-qualifying press conference Lewis was asked to comment on the Italian team’s improved performance.

“Yeah, I mean it’s a fantastic step that they’ve taken,” the Briton said.

“I don’t fully understand it. I think they’ve always had a good car for some time and just down in power.

“I’m assuming they’ve taken a really good step with their engines because they’re now up there with everyone else.

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“I think they already had a good car, I think it is… through corners they are very similar to all of us, I think, in Bahrain.

“It was just down the straights they were losing out so that’s… but then in these places they’re mastering these tyres, every single lap so it’s great to see three teams – three, four teams – at the front.

“It’s great seeing the Renaults [now Alpine], it’s great seeing the McLarens in the mix and even the AlphaTauris.

“It’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons that we’ve seen,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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