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Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas blissful to be ‘hunters’ of Crimson Bull as Mercedes relish Imola F1 problem

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Can Lewis Hamilton declare a second Components 1 win to start out the 2021 season? Can Max Verstappen and Crimson Bull bounce again? Watch the entire Emilia-Romagna GP weekend from Imola dwell solely on Sky Sports activities F1

Final Up to date: 15/04/21 7:01pm








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Lewis Hamilton admits Crimson Bull are at the moment the quickest automobile on the grid and that Mercedes are the ‘hunters’ this season

Lewis Hamilton admits Crimson Bull are at the moment the quickest automobile on the grid and that Mercedes are the ‘hunters’ this season

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas say they’re excited for the uncommon likelihood to be Components 1 “hunters” as world champions Mercedes insist challengers Crimson Bull will head into 2021’s second weekend as favourites.

Mercedes, winners of each F1 title since 2014, have seldom began a season on the again foot throughout their historic run.

However whereas Hamilton fantastically salvaged a season-opening win in Bahrain, it’s Crimson Bull who seem to have the quicker 2021 automobile and, in Max Verstappen, a star driver who may very well be a match for the game’s seven-time champion.

“You may see that Crimson Bull at the moment are forward and we’re the hunters,” Hamilton informed Sky F1 forward of this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna GP at Imola.

“I believe we like that place. I prefer it. That is what I began out with again once I was racing karts at Rye Home.

“It is nothing new for me and it is undoubtedly thrilling.”

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The large Thursday debate on the Emilia-Romagna GP: F1 legends Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel talk about which animal they’d every prefer to be

The large Thursday debate on the Emilia-Romagna GP: F1 legends Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel talk about which animal they’d every prefer to be

Bottas agreed: “We’re behind. I do not really feel strain, I really feel pleasure and motivation.

“We’re the hunters, not those being hunted. I can undoubtedly see the motivation in every staff member’s eyes.”

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Bottas additionally acknowledged that Crimson Bull have been notably quicker than Mercedes by the upper velocity corners, of which there are a lot of on the iconic Imola circuit, whereas the title hopefuls seem to have a one-lap benefit following Verstappen’s dominant pole for the final race in Bahrain.

Hamilton stated whereas Mercedes are hopeful of bettering their W12 bundle, “it is going to take perfection” to defeat Crimson Bull.

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Max Verstappen says he and Crimson Bull are determined to bounce again with a win at Imola after lacking out on a giant alternative in F1’s season-opener

Max Verstappen says he and Crimson Bull are determined to bounce again with a win at Imola after lacking out on a giant alternative in F1’s season-opener

“We’re below no illusions that we having to chase,” defined Hamilton. “We’re on the again foot barely. However I nonetheless suppose we’re the most effective staff.

“Because it’s proven within the final race, there’s so many parts to having the most effective staff, not simply having the most effective automobile.”

Sky F1’s Damon Hill on a possible Mercedes vs Crimson Bull title battle

“We’ve had different instances when Ferrari for instance have taken the struggle to Mercedes however Mercedes have been so dominant that we have normally been watching the 2 team-mates struggle it out.

“Now we have the specter of Crimson Bull to Mercedes, it appears to be like improbable. And that automobile appears to be like wonderful, so it is a correct risk.”

‘I am getting previous!’: Hamilton explains ‘nonetheless bought it’ remark

“It was hair-raising however it’s nice to, in spite of everything these years, have these sorts of races and go away with pleasure.”

Three weeks after kicking off his fifteenth F1 season with a win, it is clear simply how enthused Hamilton nonetheless is after beating Verstappen in that epic head-to-head duel.

Chatting with Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz, he additionally defined that his radio comment after that victory – “nonetheless bought it” – was not as a result of he doubted whether or not he may nonetheless kick it with F1’s younger weapons.

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Simon Lazenby and Martin Brundle sit up for the second race of the 2021 season from Imola

Simon Lazenby and Martin Brundle sit up for the second race of the 2021 season from Imola

“It was only a joke. I am getting previous!” stated Hamilton, 36. “I am the third oldest driver right here… even Bono [Hamilton’s race engineer] got here again and stated ‘not unhealthy for an previous man’.

Hamilton added: “I nonetheless really feel younger, I nonetheless really feel youthful. What’s actually nice is to come back into one other season and nonetheless really feel that I am… in the event you’re speaking about peak, I do not know the place peak is, however I really feel that I am in a very great place.”



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