Hamilton says “something’s up” if Red Bull is not “30 seconds ahead”

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Lewis Hamilton says if Red Bull is not “30 seconds ahead” at the Japanese Grand Prix, “like they have done in the past”, then “something’s up”.

After dominating the whole 2023 season, at the Singapore Grand Prix, Red Bull has been uncharacteristically uncompetitive. Many have since suggested that the Austrian team was affected by the FIA’s new ‘anti flexi wings’ technical directive.

Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked if he believes Red Bull will be back this weekend.

 “I have no clue,” the Briton said.

“I would think that, if they’re not 30 seconds ahead, like they have done in the past then something’s up!

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“But no, I think that as Checo said, it was obviously a difficult weekend, the last one, but their car should be phenomenal here.

“They’ve been phenomenal all year long. They’ve aced pretty much every circuit. And I mean, it’s going be great to watch that car in general.

“Normally, you would come here and it’s beautiful to watch the laps that they do, because the whole team as a whole and the drivers are doing an amazing job with the package they have. So, it’ll be interesting to see how the weekend goes.

“I hope that we are closer and I hope they’re not as fast as that 30-second gap they’ve had in the past,” Hamilton concluded.

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