Hamilton wary of Red Bull's race pace

From ESPN - April 13, 2018

SHANGHAI, China -- Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull will be a serious threat at Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix after seeing the pace of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo over longer runs in Friday practice.

Hamilton finished the session with the fastest time -- 0.007s ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen -- as the top four cars were split by just over a tenth of a second over one lap. Verstappen was fifth fastest, 0.341s off Hamilton, as the Red Bull once again looked like the third fastest car during quailfying simulations.

However, over the course of two comparable nine-lap runs on ultra-soft tyres to simulate the first stint of the race, Verstappen was on average 0.1s faster than Hamilton.

"It was a good day and we got through all the laps that we needed and got some good feedback from the car," Hamilton said. "We have been progressing through all the sessions and we have got a good idea of where we are.


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