Will Max Verstappen engine fears hand Lewis Hamilton an F1 title comeback? Red Bull admit the world champion has an ‘engine advantage – and an unbelievable surplus’, which risks cutting the 14-point gap at the top with three races to go

Red Bull technical advisor Helmut Marko fears the engine in Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes car might prove to be the deciding factor in his title fight with Max Verstappen. Verstappen has a 14-point advantage over Hamilton with three races remaining, but Marko has claimed Red Bull could be at a disadvantage if Mercedes ‘maintains their engine advantage’. Only the Hamilton (car) has such an unbelievable surplus on the straights. ‘Despite the lead, I see us at a disadvantage if Hamilton maintains this engine advantage.’. Such was Hamilton’s pace on the day it was reported that the difference in speed between him and Verstappen was 15.2 km/h at the end of the start/finish straight. Verstappen showed exceptional pace in the tight and tricky middle sector to keep Hamilton at bay for a good portion of the race.

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