For three races now, Ferrari walkovers have been predicted only for Mercedes to come along and steal the day. But ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was once again talking up the Scuderia’s chances – while predicting that Red Bull are likely to be in the mix around the streets of Baku as well.
Both Ferrari and Red Bull arrive in Azerbaijan with upgrades on their cars, Ferrari’s shrouded in secrecy – although they tweaked the design of their floor in China to try and improve aero efficiency – while Red Bull (and Toro Rosso) will benefit from Honda’s Spec 2 internal combustion engine, which promises improved reliability and a touch more power.
And before the action got underway in Azerbaijan, it was all enough to persuade Hamilton that Mercedes securing their fourth straight one-two of the season could be a tough ask.
“This weekend, Ferrari should be really quick,” he said. “They’ve got an upgrade, [and the track’s] worked well for them in previous years. Red Bull, with a new power unit, should be even closer.
“I know we’ll be in the mix and we’ll really work towards being at the front of that mix.”