Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel’s emphatic Belgian Grand Prix victory showed Mercedes’ wins in Germany and Hungary came against the run of form.
“If it hadn’t have rain in Hockenheim we wouldn’t have won, [Vettel] would have won,” said Hamilton on Sunday. “If it hadn’t have rained in Hungary, we wouldn’t have won, he would have won. And obviously he won today.”
Hamilton insisted Ferrari’s improving performance is not a recent development.
“Every time we do these press conferences everyone’s like ‘who do you think is faster, you or Ferrari?’,” he told media at Spa. “They’ve had the upper hand on us for some time.
“The pendulum has swung a little bit I would say those last two races in particular, we just did a better job with the cards we were dealt, even though they had better cards.
“We pulled the bluff, almost. There’s only a certain amount of times you can do that. If you’re playing a deck of cards and you’re bluffing, there’s only a certain number of times you can do it before your opponent realises that you’re doing that.”
Both teams introduced new power units last weekend and Hamilton is concerned Ferrari will continue to match the upgrades Mercedes has planned for future races. “We do have some performance coming but I’m sure they’ll have performance coming,”
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