Lewis Hamilton: “We might be able to compete with the Ferraris”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes doesn’t have “bouncing in a straight line”, and on Friday they had the “best race pace” that they’ve had so far.

Lewis Hamilton qualified in P6 for the Spanish Grand Prix, but after the session he has still hailed Mercedes’ “huge improvement”.

“The team have done such a great job,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“So [a] big, big, big thank you to everyone who continues to push back at the factory because we don’t have bouncing in a straight line, which is a huge improvement for us.

“And the car has generally been nicer this weekend, we do have some bouncing through the high speed corners like Turn 3 and 9.

“So we just need to keep working away at it and try and see if we can improve that and gain a little bit more downforce elsewhere.

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“But yeah, I’m a little bit gutted because I want to be further up ahead and you’ve obviously seen George is able to put it further ahead than I, but I will keep pushing.”

Asked if his confidence in the W13’s race potential has improved, Lewis said:

“Yeah, definitely. Yesterday was our best race pace that we’ve had. So if we can start racing with the Ferraris for example, that’d be amazing.

“I think the Red Bulls look like they might be quickest, but we might be able to compete with the Ferraris maybe tomorrow.

“And that’s a big step for us,” the Briton concluded.

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