Lewis Hamilton Keeps Winning, Yet Thinks Ferrari Have Extra Power Mode

Five time Formula 1 title winner Lewis Hamilton has gone on record saying that Ferrari’s engine features a power mode that his Mercedes cannot match right now.

While his team has won all seven races so far in the 2019 calendar year (Hamilton taking 5 of those 7 wins), the British driver feels as though the Italian outfit is clearly faster in terms of top speed, reports Autosport.

“They were so quick on the straights,” he said. “They definitely have another power mode that we currently don’t have. So, all of a sudden they turn up the power and he [Vettel] pulls away massively on the straight, even if I have DRS open.”

Hamilton reckons his statement is more than just an assumption because the evidence was there all along in qualifying in Canada, where his team was losing up to six tenths of a second on the straights to Ferrari.

Also read: Ferrari Might Go Back To The Drawing Board With 2019 F1 Car

“In the race I know all of a sudden they pick up a lot of pace on the straights [as well] but that’s the name of the game,” added the F1 title holder. “They’ve clearly done a great job with their power unit.”

“There used to be a point where Mercedes was ahead in that area by a good chunk. We’ve got work to do there. They are ahead of us at the moment there.”

Of course, these types of statements aren’t exactly new when it comes to Mercedes. Yet, as much as they praise Ferrari for continuously narrowing the gap in the Constructors championship standings, it never seems to make much of a difference at the end of the year.

Right now, Hamilton leads all drivers with 162 points, followed by his teammate Valtteri Bottas with 133. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has only 100 points.

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    We saw how Ham keeps winning.
    #NotMyChampion

    • CayJag

      Lol haters will just continue to hate. At a certain point I think it’s not just hate but jealousy. The man is good and all the numbers can prove it. Haters will just continue to hate LOL

      • wtvlol

        Indeed.

        Most people are Ferrari fans so they are upset Vettel/Ferrari break under pressure.

      • Hi I am Zako

        To be fair, Mercedes really did a great job in creating such an incredible car, and there’s nothing wrong about it. The problem is as a F1 fan, this is so boring. Once Mercedes gets the lead, that’s pretty much over. One may argue problem lies on how useless Ferrari currently is, and that’s partly true. I have no problem about Ham winning, but I really want to see some competitive racing.

  • PK

    hating on hamilton cause all he do is win is like hating on brady when he keeps winning super bowls. some people just can’t appreciate greatness. sad.

  • The problem is the Sport itself this a expensive game made for people to have fun.
    They think they race for the beat formula competition in the world bat sadly is all about money, politics and fame.
    Look what happened with Senna and others.
    Better look at Netflix show about this Sport.
    No matter how win is just a money thing.
    I like motorsport but this got wrong so quickly and sadly it is not the only one.
    Out there are many talented drivers but they don’t get to race because they don’t have money…😥✌

    • JqC

      Absolutely right. It was striking, in that series, there were two young drivers with extreme talent, I think one from Australia, and the other one (I don’t remember- possibly french), and they were not renewed and didn’t get offered slots on teams in the next season. Even though they were clearly EXTRAORDINARILY talented drivers.

  • Vassilis

    Although you’re there or thereabout, it isn’t exactly like that. Ferrari does have a lower-drag car which does help in the straights and hinder a little in slow corners but the car also lacks mechanical grip. Additionally, they do have a fancy MGU that works more efficiently.

  • JqC

    Lewis Hamilton, ladies and gentlemen. It takes a true champion to feel so confident that he can easily express his appreciation for his adversaries without rancor. I watched him do an exhibition drive in his F1 car in Barbados a few years back. He was electrifying. I like this young man, very much.

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