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Hamilton warns against judging title race

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Lewis Hamilton has warned against pundits writing Ferrari out of the title race and has pointed to their Bahrain pace as evidence the World Championship race is far from a forgone conclusion.

The 5 time World Champions said he believed Mercedes were exacting maximum potential from their 2019 edition while Ferrari had the pace to match the Silver Arrows but need to “hook up” the car for a full weekend.

“They’ve got a good car, the Ferraris, it just doesn’t look like they’re extracting their full potential on the weekends” Hamilton told journalists.

“I think with what we have, we are operating at [our] full potential. But there will be more performance and improvements to come in the future, we will make steps forward.” He continued.

Ferrari have struggled so far this season despite their highly rated car showing signs of immense pace both in pre season testing and in Bahrain. Mercedes have had a pace advantage in both Australia and China and stole a win from the Scuderia in Bahrain to take a commanding lead in the championship race.

But Hamilton was convinced that Ferrari have more to show and that the pecking order was very much undecided.

“The Ferraris are right there. I think we’ve got races coming up that could potentially suit them more. We didn’t expect to have the (advantage) in Melbourne, we didn’t expect to have the deficit [in Bahrain] and we didn’t expect this weekend to have the bit of advantage we had here. So it’s still up in the air.”

The next race takes place on April 28th in Azerbijan where Ferrari will attempt to bounce back with victory around the streets of Baku.

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Whats going on at Ferrari?

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After three races and a look at the F1 leader board it really does make grim reading for all those at the Scuderia. Mercedes sailing clear and Hamilton and Bottas enjoying extremely comfortable championship positions. So, what’s gone wrong for Ferrari?

Winter testing seemed to indicate that the Maranello outfit would be very competitive come the start of the season. However, it has simply not transpired as they would like.

Australia was a huge let down. Ferrari went in with hopes of being the team to chase after a very good pre-season testing left Mercedes pointing to Ferrari as the team to beat.

Fast forward to Albert Park Melbourne and Mercedes enjoyed a huge margin over their rivals, some 7 tenths in qualifying and a double-digit margin in the race.

But then Bahrain seemed to suggest two things. One that Australia suited the Mercedes package and two that Ferrari were able to sort some gremlins with their car and unlock their pace.

So why is it they flopped spectacularly in Shanghai? There are several factors. Firstly, their car appears to be extremely circuit sensitive. The slow corners of Bahrain coupled with the huge amount of straights suit the Ferrari, where as the Silver arrows seem to have a car that love a high speed twisty windy circuit.

Secondly, Ferrari seem to also have built a car that has far more limitations to how much they can push it. Various reliability problems have plagued them so far this season and if this is to continue then a challenge to Mercedes seems unlikely.

Lastly and most importantly they are up against a foe in Mercedes who seem to know exactly to extract every tenth from their car’s potential. When faced with such a machine like enemy, it’s clear to see why Ferrari are having such a titanic struggle.
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F1 Qualifying China: Bottas pips Hamilton to poll

Valtteri Bottas will be on pole for Formula 1s 1000th race after he pipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the top of the grid by just 2 hundredths of a second during qualifying in China.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will line up on the second row after failing to trouble the silver arrows in Shanghai finishing a somewhat distant three tenths adrift of the current world champions.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed 5th on the grid but was furious following qualifying after Vettel passed him on track prior to his final flying lap in Q3.

The grid took up a “Noah’s Ark” formation with Mercedes 1-2, Ferrari 3-4, Red Bull 5-6, Renault 7-8 and Haas 9-10.

The front row lockout was a welcome sight for Mercedes who had claimed the superior straight-line speed advantage of Ferrari combined with the enormous back straight in China would give the Scuderia the edge.

However, the twisty nature of the Shanghai circuits first two sectors lended itself to Mercedes superior front downforce allowing them to pull clear of their arch rivals.

Ferrari are still optimistic race conditions will suit their car and that a serious challenge can still be mounted to Mercedes.
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