Lewis Hamilton suspects Ferrari haven’t reached their full potential in the opening races of 2019, all of which Mercedes have won.
After Mercedes scored their third consecutive one-two finish in the
, who finished third, said Ferrari need to “unlock” the full performance of its car.
Hamilton believes Mercedes have been close to their full potential in the opening races, which is why they have been able to beat Ferrari.
“I think as a team everyone arrives and does their best job,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “You’ve got to try and operate at 100 percent and we’re close to that.”
“With what we have, we are operating at its full potential. But there will be more performance improvements to come in the future, we will make steps forward.”
Hamilton said his Bahrain Grand Prix win was an example of Mercedes winning a race Ferrari had the potential to win.
“I think the last race, you can’t say that was necessarily full merit because we weren’t quick enough to win the race really but things happened along the way. You have to put yourself in a position to get the win so we did that. I think particularly the first one and this one were full merit.
“They’ve got a good car, the Ferraris, it just doesn’t look like they’re extracting their full potential on a weekend and their execution is not always as faultless as they have shown in the past.
“We will have ups and downs. But that’s where we are really diligent in making sure our processes are as accurate as we can be.”
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- Vettel: Ferrari still need to “unlock” car’s true pace