Here’s an excerpt from Tom Cary’s qualifying report yesterday:
It’s a seventh world title, an achievement which might draw him stage with the good Michael Schumacher, which Hamilton most craves, although. A 3rd win on Sunday would tighten his grip nonetheless additional.
In fact, and barring a crash or a catastrophe, solely Valtteri Bottas appears remotely able to difficult him. Purple Bull are the following finest automotive, however it didn’t escape the paddock’s consideration that whereas Hamilton’s time was 0.7secs faster than Bottas’ pole from final yr, Verstappen himself was a fraction slower than he was in 2019.
“We’re a bit of bit nearer within the race,” argued the Dutchman. “I do not say I’m going to battle them however at the very least you might have a preventing probability beginning third.”
Behind Verstappen on the grid will likely be Charles Leclerc who delivered Ferrari’s finest qualifying efficiency of the yr. The Italian workforce have been fighting their long term tempo, although, and it could be a shock in the event that they managed to stick with their rivals.
The season is simply three races outdated however it was fairly apparent from very early on that the results of the constructors’ championship is a foregone conclusion. We now have to hope that Bottas can put up a problem to Hamilton however, you would need to say, that he must take a piece out of Hamilton’s five-point lead right here and doubtless subsequent weekend as properly.
Barring one thing uncommon taking place, it’s tough to see the Purple Bull of Verstappen posing an excessive amount of of an issue for the Mercedes. Nonetheless, an incredible battle on the entrance and likewise within the midfield would make an incredible race. We regularly have them right here…
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