The Briton says this gives Mercedes a lot of confidence going into the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
“It definitely gives us a lot of confidence,” the Briton said.
“I mean, last year, at the same time, we were doing the same thing, but last year, I think we were three-tenths behind Max in quali – or something like that, and I came second again but he walked off with it.
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“So, we’re really just mirroring what we did last year. So, we have to make some real big changes for next year.
“Because obviously, in Bahrain earlier this year, they’re 1.5 seconds a lap faster than us at least. So key is to make sure that’s not the case in Bahrain, but I think hopefully these next couple of races will be close.
“But I’d probably put money on it that he’d get to 18, 19, with that car,” Hamilton concluded.