Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari’s superior straight-line speed will put them at an advantage in this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel won the opening two races of the season and Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid in Bahrain. Although Hamilton won in Shanghai 12 months ago he is wary of the threat from their rivals.
“We’ve seen their straight-line speed in the past races have been faster than ours. We’ve got the longest straight here so I suspect they’re going to be very fast and hard to beat.”
Both teams still have room to improve on their performances so far, Hamilton believes. “I think the full job, full package is getting one-two with both drivers, and neither of us have done that.
“So you can’t say they’ve been perfect and neither have we. It’s going to be very interesting to see how we perform from track to track being that one track might suit them more than us and vice-versa.
“But they’re faster than us on the straights and as quick as us through the corners so they’ve really picked up their engine programme, taken a big step into the season. It’ll be interesting to see how their plan for reliability will be. There’s a long way to go.”
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