Lewis Hamilton: “We can definitely close that gap”

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After Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton says closing the gap to Red Bull is “not an impossible mountain to climb”, but Mercedes needs to “push like never before”.

After the W14 showed some promise in Bahrain Grand Prix FP3, in Qualifying, the car was again not able to challenge the Red Bulls and the Ferraris.

Ultimately, Lewis Hamilton managed to qualify only in P7. Afterwards he explained what happened to Sky Sports F1.

“I went in with an open mind,” the Briton said.

“We did a lot of work overnight with the engineers, they did a great job and we made a step forward today.

“The car was feeling much more alive this morning and all of a sudden we were in a different place than we were the day before.

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“But then when we got to qualifying the car just didn’t feel alive, it felt kind of average. The direction I’m going with setup I’m hoping works better for tomorrow. I’ve tried to set it up for tomorrow.”

However, Lewis still believes Mercedes can catch up to Red Bull.

“We were six-tenths behind I think, last year [at] this time, and we had bouncing and all sorts of things.

“It’s not an impossible mountain to climb so that’s a positive and I know that everybody back at the factory has been working so hard.

“We can definitely close that gap, we’ve just got to really focus and push like never before,” Hamilton concluded.

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