After watching a breeze go by at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, lewis hamilton He said Red Bull’s current car is quicker than anything it had during Mercedes’ dominant spell a few years ago.
Red Bull recorded a second straight one-two at Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, finishing comfortably ahead of its rivals.
The reigning world champions have taken Mercedes’ place as the dominant force in F1 after the German manufacturer won eight consecutive constructors’ titles between 2014 and 2021.
max verstappenwinner of the last two drivers’ championships, he started 15th after a car problem in qualifying, but slowly fell back and made it easier for Hamilton and his teammate. george russell on his way back to the second.
Asked if it was a concern for F1 to see Red Bull so far ahead, Hamilton said: “I don’t know, it’s not for me to say, but I’ve never seen a car that fast.
“When we were fast, we weren’t that fast. That’s the fastest car I’ve ever seen compared to the rest, I don’t know why or how, but it passed me with a lot of speed.”
“I didn’t even bother to block because there was a huge speed difference.”
Ferrari has also fallen further behind Red Bull compared to last year.
Carlos Sainz agrees with Hamilton that Red Bull is on a different level than the rest this year, but said that’s not something fans should criticize.
“I’ve never been a fan of worrying about the dominance of a team, because if they’ve done a good job, they deserve it,” said the Ferrari driver after finishing sixth. “I mean, I wish it was.
“Unfortunately this is a sports car more than the drivers, we know that makes more of a difference. Although Red Bull has a very strong line-up, obviously, but if a car is really good, all the other drivers can’t do much to stay in that”. fight. But we’ve seen it in the past, it’s nothing new.
“Max’s recovery from 15th place shows they are in a different league.”