Lewis Hamilton: “They were just much quicker than us”

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Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull have “obviously brought an upgrade” for their engine to France, which could be illegal since in 2021 the engines have been homologated.

Many agree that Red Bull strategically played things better than Mercedes at the French Grand Prix. However, Lewis Hamilton warns the Austrian team’s straight-line speed is cause for concern.

“Undeniably they were just much quicker than us this weekend,” the Briton said.

“We’re losing three and a half tenths just in a straight line. So you saw him fly past me down the straight. There was nothing I could do to keep him behind.”

Lewis says it will be problematic for Mercedes to try and catch up because in 2021 the engines are homologated and cannot be improved. However, Hamilton says Red Bull have brought an engine upgrade, which in fact could be illegal.

“It’s difficult because the engines are homologated,” explained the seven-time champion.

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“They’ve obviously brought an upgrade here so we’ve got to dig deep and try and see if we can figure out how to get quicker.“

Formula 1 moves next to Red Bull’s home circuit in Austria, where it will hold two back-to-back races. Lewis says the circuit will play to Red Bull’s strengths.

“It’s a power-hungry circuit, it’s got those long, long straights, so we could see something similar to this weekend with the straight-line speed of the Red Bull.

“But we’ve got three days to try and see if we can make some adjustments and improvements, and maybe if we maximise on absolutely everything then maybe we can give them a run for their money,” concluded Hamilton.

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