Lewis Hamilton: “We’ll go into the race tomorrow for a fight”

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After qualifying in P3 for the Styrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes might not “have raw pace to overtake” Red Bull, but they are getting ready for a fight.

Lewis Hamilton qualified in P3 for the Styrian Grand Prix, behind Max Verstappen in P1 and Valtteri Bottas in P2.

However, since the Finn received a three place grid penalty for spinning in the pitlane in FP2, Lewis will start the race from second.

“Firstly, well done to Max,” said Hamilton after qualifying.

“They’ve been so fast this weekend, so we have been giving it absolutely everything.

“It wasn’t the greatest of sessions but, nonetheless, we’re still on the front row after the penalty so we’ll go into the race tomorrow for a fight.

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“They generally have a quarter of a second on us all weekend, and I think we’ve managed to eke closer in qualifying.

“But in race trim yesterday, they were one quarter of a second ahead of us most of the time. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not we can manage it.

“I don’t think we have raw pace to overtake them, that’s for sure. But might just be able to keep up.”

However, Lewis says he will give it his all to beat Verstappen on Sunday.

“I will be giving it everything, obviously, but I am just talking about pure pace. But maybe tomorrow, we’ll be surprised.

“Maybe it rains, who knows,” concluded the Briton.

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