LEWIS HAMILTON has had a tough begin to the brand new season as Mercedes battle to seek out tempo.
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Yuki Tsunoda has warned Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes they won’t get any particular therapy when they’re battling within the midfield. Regardless of Mercedes’ slight uptick in tempo over the previous couple of races, Hamilton has nonetheless discovered himself within the midfield.
An accident in the beginning of the Spanish Grand Prix dropped him to the again of the sphere, although he ended P5, whereas he was additionally caught in site visitors in Monaco and solely completed eighth. It means Hamilton has spent a minimum of 4 races this season battling groups decrease down the sphere as an alternative of on the entrance.
Nevertheless, 22-year-old Tsunoda has warned the seven-time champion is simply ‘one of many different drivers I’ve to beat’. The Japanese AlphaTauri driver mentioned the Mercedes stars have been only a ‘related enemy’ to every other midfield workforce however pressured he had loved the problem of battling the a number of F1 world champion.
Chatting with Categorical Sport, he mentioned: “I feel for me it is a good alternative to drive with them, it is also thrilling.
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Tsunoda warns Hamilton is similar as every other midfield rival (Picture: Getty)
“For me, even preventing with me or the midfield, it is a related enemy as different drivers. For me, it is the identical. Even when it is Lewis Hamilton in entrance of me or behind me it is the identical, one of many different drivers I’ve to beat.
“They’re beginning to come again in direction of the highest of the sphere. It’s a disgrace I could not race [with them] a lot just lately.” It comes simply weeks after Aston Martin boss Mike Krack additionally pressured Mercedes wouldn’t get any preferential therapy on the grid.
Chatting with Categorical Sport in Imola, Krack mentioned Mercedes being a part of the midfield battle ‘doesn’t actually matter’. He mentioned Aston Martin’s solely objective was to complete forward and weren’t daunted about battling the eight-time constructors’ champions.
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Yuki Tsunoda has battled Hamilton on-track this season (Picture: Getty)
He defined: “We respect all our rivals, be it Mercedes or anybody else. The extent of all of the groups may be very excessive and it does not actually matter in case you struggle Mercedes otherwise you struggle another person. It is a competitor and you need to struggle onerous. Whether it is Mercedes, Ferrari, Purple Bull or every other workforce it does not actually matter to us, we need to end in entrance of them.”
Hamilton lies sixth within the drivers’ standings, simply two factors forward of a midfield pack the place three vehicles are separated by 10 factors. The seven-time champion is 33 factors behind nearest rival Carlos Sainz, 34 behind Russell and 75 behind championship chief Max Verstappen.