Lewis Hamilton would like “more battle with other teams”

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After dominantly winning the Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton said he would like rival teams to provide more of a challenge.

Hamilton’s performances in the last two races have left the F1 public wondering if the 2020 championship will become a procession.

“Not from my seat position, no,“ said Hamilton.

“We’re working our arse off, and we’re going to continue to do that. Look, I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen over these next races.

“Would I like more battle from other teams? Absolutely. I think the Red Bulls have been doing a great job and I think, I’m sure at some stage they’re going to make some improvements as we get into the season.

“The race that we had last year, for example, was fantastic, and I enjoy particularly battling with other teams.

“I did expect this weekend the Red Bulls to be very, very strong but I’m not quite sure what happened through qualifying, what it might be but, again, in the race, they definitely were stronger.

“But I think it was a pretty flawless effort from the team this weekend. In all areas, really delivered. So I think it was a little bit difficult for sure to compete when you are bringing that 100 per cent.

“But I’m hopeful we will still find some challenges up ahead. So, we shall see.“

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However it will be hard for other teams to catch up, especially considering Hamilton’s P1 was so secure that Mercedes decided to pit the Briton in the final few laps, just to give him the opportunity  to pick up another point for fastest lap.

This was especially important for Lewis, as In 2016 he lost the championship by one point to Nico Rosberg.

“Well, ultimately we have to weigh-up the risks and… I mean I didn’t push so much that I was going to make a mistake and go off. So it was a fully controlled lap.

Valtteri [Bottas] had a great, particularly, first race. At the time he had the fastest lap, I had the gap, and felt that it was necessary to get that point.

“Look, I’ve lost World Championships in the past by one point, so I know how crucial it is to maximise on every moment and we’re in a year when you don’t know what reliability is going to be like; you don’t know how long the season’s going to be,” concluded the Briton.

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