Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Verstappen's Red Bull clause won't lead to Ferrari move

Verstappen's Red Bull clause won't lead to Ferrari move

Hamilton's impressive launch saw him race past the stranded Dutchman and into third spot with Kimi Raikkonen - replicating his tremendous start from a year ago - and Norris both passing the Red Bull. He is still seeking a first victory.

"We knew it was our Achilles' heel and we are carrying the problem since the beginning of the season", Wolff said.

"Charles has been quick all weekend. It seemed to be a limitation of our auto this weekend and the other cars didn't seem to struggle quite as much as we did, so we'll have to look into this and try to fix it." .

The team opened up all the possible cooling ducts but Wolff said the auto was "right on the limit".

Mercedes had to change the front wing on Hamilton's vehicle, which allowed both Bottas and Vettel to pass the Brit whilst he was still in the pits. 'I think pole position was out of reach.

"It's hard racing. If those things are not allowed in racing then what's the point in being in Formula 1?".

"We may as well go home".

Hamilton, 36 points clear of team mate Valtteri Bottas after winning the last four races, has a battle on his hands to secure his team's 11th successive win and ninth of the season.

"It's a bit (of) a shame for the team as both cars should be closer to one and two", Leclerc said.

Verstappen, now with six career wins if confirmed, was also the last driver to beat Mercedes - in the Mexican Grand Prix last October. This marked the first race Hamilton has failed to finish in the top two.

The FIA's updated grid took into account Haas driver Kevin Magnussen's five-place penalty, after he had qualified fifth, for taking a new gearbox. Speaking on Saturday night, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said starting on the soft would make a one-stop strategy marginal, but Ferrari insisted it wouldn't be a problem. "Red Bull and Mercedes on the medium are in a better place in terms of the strategies available to us".

Hamilton will start on the third row alongside 39-year-old Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo, who had lifted a single finger at him at the time of the incident in the first qualifying session.

Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari was fourth ahead of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo of Renault. "They are the judge, we need to respect that, and more than that, as a Ferrari fan - and I am the ultimate Ferrari fan - I think it's time for F1 to turn page and look ahead, other incidents and accidents that may happen in the race".

The 2019 Formula One season is not even at the halfway stage, but there seems to be little doubt Lewis Hamilton will add a sixth world title to his collection.

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