Lewis Hamilton: “We’re down for the fight!”

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Lewis Hamilton admits Red Bull is ahead of Mercedes and says he has “never been so excited” as he faces “the hardest battle we’ve had so far”.

With Red Bull on top form during pre-season testing, many observers, including Mercedes, are saying the Austrian team is the team to beat in 2021. Ahead of the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz asked Lewis Hamilton who he believes has the fastest car on the grid.

“That’s a question that everyone’s probably wondering… and I think at the moment it seems that Red Bull do,” said the Briton.

“I think it’s definitely going to be the hardest battle we’ve had so far. At the moment they are ahead. But we’re down for the fight!”

However, the seven-time champion says this only provides Mercedes with even more motivation.

“I think each year is a little bit of an unknown, but of course more often we have a better feeling of what’s happening with our car.

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“It’s massively exciting for us as a team. We are currently not the fastest. And how we’re going to work together, how we’re going to unite in order to get where we want to be…

“That, for me, I’m so excited of that challenge. And seeing some of the other teams close. I think it’s going to be great for fans.

“Year after year we’re faced with these challenges and what’s always encouraging and impressive for me is seeing the guys pull together.

“The men and women in this team really make the team what it is and I love seeing them rally up and working on new calculations to get us where we need to be.

“Yes, we’re not the quickest, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get there.

“I’ve never been so excited,” concluded Hamilton.

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