Ferrari and Mercedes (Picture Credit score: Twitter) Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc really feel the one one who can match as much as Lewis Hamilton this season in Components One is Valtteri Bottas. Reuters Final Up to […]
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc really feel the one one who can match as much as Lewis Hamilton this season in Components One is Valtteri Bottas.
- Final Up to date: July 20, 2020, 4:22 PM IST
Lewis Hamilton leads the Components One world championship after three races and Mercedes crew mate Valtteri Bottas already seems like the one man who can deny the Briton a record-equalling seventh title.
That a minimum of is the view of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, whose personal hopes of constructing on final yr’s problem have melted away.
Hamilton dominated Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix from pole place, with a bonus level for quickest lap, to take a 5 level lead over Bottas, the winner of the Austrian season-opener.
Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen is third total, 30 factors off the lead.
Requested whether or not they might see a situation the place Hamilton may not be champion on the finish of the yr, Vettel and Leclerc agreed it was unlikely.
“I feel (solely) if Valtteri wins the championship,” stated the German, himself a four-times world champion.
“I feel Lewis is clearly the principle contender,” added Leclerc. “The one one that might in all probability cease him doing that’s Valtteri.”
Mercedes, winners of the previous six drivers’ and constructors’ championships, have began 2020 with three wins and three poles and are 66 factors away from closest rivals Crimson Bull.
Hamilton, fourth within the opener on the Crimson Bull Ring, has gained two in a row and the following races are at his residence Silverstone circuit.
Bottas has a win, a second place and a 3rd — in that order — and blew Sunday’s race at the beginning. The Finn began stronger final season and nonetheless ended up far behind his crew mate by the top.
The one others on the rostrum have been Leclerc, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Verstappen — the primary two each failing to attain on Sunday.
Mercedes have responded with combating speak to those that counsel the championship is already sewn up, with crew boss Toto Wolff and technical head James Allison warning in opposition to complacency.
“I am unsure I am seeing the competitors collapse,” commented Wolff on Sunday night time. “We will see that Crimson Bull was struggling all by the weekend after which they’d a reasonably respectable race automotive.
“It is 30 factors after three races that we now have with Lewis to Max. When you’ve got one DNF (non-finish) the hole is gone.”
The proof suggests Mercedes are on one other stage, nonetheless.
Hamilton lapped all however three vehicles behind him earlier than his remaining pitstop in Hungary and was nonetheless almost a minute away from fourth-placed Lance Stroll in a Racing Level that’s principally a replica of final yr’s Mercedes.
Whereas the Briton noticed no hazard of the championship changing into a procession, he stated he would really like extra of a battle.
“I feel the Crimson Bulls have been doing an excellent job and I am positive at some stage they are going to make some enhancements as we get into the season,” he stated.
“I am hopeful we are going to nonetheless discover some challenges up forward.”