Hamilton relying on 'experience' to prevail against Verstappen

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Hamilton relying on 'experience' to prevail against Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton says experience and flawless execution will be key to Mercedes and himself fending off the formidable assaults this season of Red Bull and Max Verstappen.

Hamilton and Verstappen drew level after the first two highly disputed rounds of the season in Bahrain and at Imola. But the seven-time world champion came out on top last weekend at Portimão.

Nevertheless, the Briton knows his opponent will be fighting him for all his worth while Red Bull will also ensure that its RB16B – arguably the fastest car currently – doesn't skip a beat.

"You're seeing the closest battle we've seen for some time," Hamilton said in Barcelona on Thursday.

"You've seen Max really performing exceptionally well. And he has a championship winning car without a doubt, and a championship winning team who can really pull off the job this year if, you know, we don't do our job.

"So I definitely think experience, our experience, will help us in terms of how we approach weekends and how we battle back from difficult weekends.

"I think, from my side, I would like to think that experience will help. But at the end of the day, you just have to do the job and minimal mistakes.

"Reliability is going to be a key player also this year. And then you'll see and even these fastest lap extra points are going to be significant by the end of the year, too."

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Hamilton's main opposition in recent years has been his own teammate, Valtteri Bottas. While he will gladly fight any of his peers, the seven-time world champion says he prefers to battle with a driver from another team rather than against a competitor from within.

"It's no different to me, if I'm really honest, I mean, I've been racing a long time since I was eight," Hamilton explained.

"So I've fought so many different people naturally. But you can remember when I was obviously fighting against Ferrari.

"That is my preferred scenario when we're fighting against another team and another team who are at their best. And even ahead, potentially, in certain instances.

"Max is is more experienced now than he ever has been. And clearly incredibly hungry to win more races and to win this championship. And you know...game on!

"This is what we're all here to do is to race and to be fighting for wins. And in the battles that we've had just in these first few races have been amazing. And I'm excited to, to enjoy more of them!"

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Midfield leader Norris still learning how to drive 'tricky' McLaren

Lando Norris has enjoyed an impressive start to his 2021 campaign, establishing himself as F1's midfield leader, and... The post Midfield leader Norris still learning how to drive 'tricky' McLaren appeared first on F1i.com.

Midfield leader Norris still learning how to drive 'tricky' McLaren

Lando Norris has enjoyed an impressive start to his 2021 campaign, establishing himself as F1's midfield leader, and yet the McLaren driver says he's still learning how to drive his "tricky" Mercedes-powered MCL35M.

Norris followed up his fourth-place finish in Bahrain with a podium at Imola before crossing the checkered flag P5 in last weekend's Portuguese GP.

But the young Briton says he's still familiarizing himself with the process of extracting the most from his 2021 car which, compared to last year's MCL35, features aero changes and a Mercedes power unit in place of the Renault engine he was accustomed to last year.

Norris says the changes have led to a "tricky" car to drive, but one for which his confidence is growing.

"It's tricky," Norris told the media ahead of this weekend's Spanish GP. "I mean, the cars definitely changed a little bit compared to last year and how you have to drive it.

"I wasn't on top of the car in Bahrain already. So Daniel's driving style almost was better in Bahrain than it was for me. I learned a lot already there to then improve into Imola and then into Portugal.

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"So I'm still learning how to drive the car and how to maximize it. And it's definitely not an easy car to drive in a different way to last year.

"But I'm not sure, like I honestly don't want to say everything, but I feel a bit more confident.

"I just know what to do with every session we do from FP1 to FP2 to all the way to the race, things I need to be working on looking out on trying and comments back to the team and so on. So it's just it's not necessarily always the car side of things.

"It can also be more behind the scenes, the work we do as a team, which adds to the performance."

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So far, Norris has displayed a remarkable level of consistency on race weekends, and the 21-year-old hopes to uphold his performance in the wake of F1's Mercedes and Red Bull front-runners, but he'll be taking things one race at a time.

"I think things have just gone very well for us," Norris explained.

"I feel like I'm doing a good job myself with qualifying and putting the laps in when I need to. Maybe not so much in Imola or Portugal in Q3 run two but everything apart from that has gone very well.

"And then the race as well, on the restarts, the launches, a lot of things are going well, but it's just as easy for it to go not so well, so I want to continue what we're doing.

"Being behind the Mercedes and Red Bull at the moment is still the target and where we believe we can be.
"But I'm just not getting my hopes up too much for every race, we'll try to do what we're doing at the moment and continue it but it very easily could be a P6, a P7, or a P8 so it's just I'm realistic.

"But I'm still hopeful that we can continue what we're doing."

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