‘We are either where we were last year, if not further behind’: Lewis Hamilton admits ‘we are a long way off’ closing the gap to Red Bull… but insists Mercedes can still catch up ‘at some stage’ this season

Lewis Hamilton delivered a devastating verdict going into the opening Bahrain Grand Prix, saying: ‘We are where we were last year, or further behind.’. George Russell, in the other Mercedes, lay 13th, one second off the top. I am trying everything I can, but it is what it is and we have to work on it. ‘Red Bull were a second a lap faster on the long runs, so we have a lot to work on. They are worth milliseconds, so it is not going to allow us to close up by one second. ‘I thought the Ferraris were second in the order, but on the long runs we are quite close to Ferrari, and it looks as if Aston Martin are second and we are third or fourth.

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