Lewis Hamilton not convinced by dominance after Red Bull’s ‘messy’ practice sessions
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Lewis Hamilton believes there’s far more to come from Red Bull after both drivers suffered a ‘messy’ practice session ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP.
Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen both suffered issues during the practice session, with a puncture for Perez and an electrical issue for Verstappen hampering their times.
Hamilton was P2 across both sessions in his Mercedes, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas top.
And it was a start difference from the opening round in Bahrain, which saw Verstappen top across both practice and qualifying in the heat.
And when asked if it was the amount of work the team had put in over the last few weeks, or was it circuit specific, Hamilton replied: “I think a bit of both.
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“The team have definitely worked really hard to try and understand what happened in the last race, where we were weak and see if we can tweak the car a little bit with the set-up, but I think the track has also come a little bit in our direction.
“We started off with a really good set-up, and just small tweaks here and there. But nothing major. No major issues.
“So far, good pace for us. It’s quite bumpy here, but good grip and the tyres are working really well here.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the best from the Red Bulls yet. it looks like they’ve had quite messy sessions with traffic and that, so it’ll be interesting to see tomorrow just how quick they are.
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“Positioning is quite important here. It’s quite hard to follow at this track, so it’ll be really nailing the set up and maximusing tomorrow, which will be important.
“AlphaTauri though, they’ve done an amazing job this year – they’re looking incredibly fast, so you know, it’s really great Pierre [Gasly] has a great car underneath him and I’m excited to see him up there.”
And with the conditions being much cooler in Imola compared to the opening round in Bahrain, Hamilton admitted it’s working well for them.
“It’s way better, when it’s this cool, it’s obviously a nice day, but the last place we were at, obviously in Bahrain, it’s so warm, so when you go out the temperatures are going up, they’re overheating from entry, to middle to exit of each corner.
“Whereas here you’re at a nice sweet spot in temperature so it’s not so bad.”
Next up is third practice and qualifying on Saturday ahead of the race which gets underway on Sunday.
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