Hamilton: 'Red Bull almost has a qualifying mode like we had'

02-07-2021 15:29 | Updated: 02-07-2021 15:36
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Hamilton: 'Red Bull almost has a qualifying mode like we had'

Lewis Hamilton may have set the fastest time in the second free practice session, but the Briton is not very optimistic for the rest of the weekend. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will still be far too fast in qualifying and the race at the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, according to the Mercedes first driver.

"They definitely have something extra in their bag," Hamilton revealed to Sky Sports' camera about Red Bull. "I think we made some small progression today. I think they still have the two-tenths lead, or maybe a tenth and a half. We made steps, but not enough to make up that two-tenths deficit."

Red Bull qualifying mode

Christian Horner already noted that Mercedes' engines had opened up a bit more in VT2. It resulted in a one-two for the German racing stable. "Over a single lap, it felt good. But Red Bull will be using extra engine power. They almost have a qualifying mode like we had a few years ago. I don't know where they get it from."

The well-known party mode was abolished last year. Teams have to drive the same engine mode in the race as in qualifying, but Honda have got it so right that they can apparently run almost a whole race at full power.

The seven-time world champion is gloomy about his team's chances at the Red Bull Ring"I'm pretty sure it will stay the same. Whatever gap they have tomorrow, they have that gap in the race. We're going to push and we're going to work on improving the car tonight. Our race pace looked good, but I have to look at it a little bit more," he concluded.

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