Hamilton warns of emphatic response from Red Bull after Singapore
Lewis Hamilton warns rivals to expect an emphatic response from Red Bull in Japan after their lacklustre weekend in Singapore… as Sergio Perez hints that Suzuka is ‘tailor-made’ for the RB19
- Hamilton’s Mercedes showed promising signs of improvement in Singapore
- But the seven-time world champion was confident Red Bull would return to form
- Briton predicted a minimum 30-winning margin for the champions-in-waiting
Lewis Hamilton has warned the rest of the paddock to expect an emphatic response from Red Bull this weekend following their disappointment in Singapore.
Hamilton believes that anything less than a 30-second winning margin for the all-conquering garage would raise eyebrows, despite championship leader Max Verstappen finishing fifth at Marina Bay last time out.
‘I would think that if they’re not 30 seconds ahead like they have been in the past, then something’s up,’ Hamilton said on Thursday.
Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez, claimed that the Suzuka track is tailor-made for his team’s RB19 package, despite quiet murmurings of concern from some fans over new restrictions on their flexi-wing.
Hamilton echoed the Mexican’s comments, adding that he foresees a ‘phenomenal’ weekend in Japan for Red Bull, who are on the cusp of wrapping up the constructors’ championship.
Lewis Hamilton anticipates a return to winning ways for the leading constructor Red Bull
The Briton returned to the podium last weekend in Singapore with a strong third-place finish
Sergio Perez seemed to back up Hamilton’s prophecy as he described the track as ‘tailor-made’
‘As Checo said, it was obviously a difficult weekend in the last one, but that car should be phenomenal here,’ he said. ‘They’ve been phenomenal all year long. They’ve aced pretty much every circuit.
‘It’s going to be great to watch that car in general. Normally you would come here and it’s beautiful to watch the laps that they do. The whole team and the drivers are doing an amazing job with the package they have.
‘It’ll be interesting to see how the weekend goes. I hope we’ll be closer, and I hope they’re not as fast as the 30-second gap.’
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