Mercedes ‘have something up their sleeve’ as Max Verstappen warned about Lewis Hamilton

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Nico Hulkenberg believes Mercedes will have a plan readied as Lewis Hamilton’s team attempt to catch Red Bull, in a strong warning to Max Verstappen. 

Hamilton is locked in a tense battle with Red Bull’s Verstappen for the F1 driver’s title and the Dutchman holds a 32-point lead over him after winning at the Austrian Grand Prix.  

But the Briton has been backed to catch up with Verstappen and could close in with a victory at Silverstone a week on Sunday. 

Former Renault driver Hulkenberg is certain that Mercedes will have an idea devised to help them overtake Red Bull.  

However, he has insisted that Red Bull are ahead in the F1 standings because they have the fastest car and claims that Mercedes have fallen behind. 

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Hamilton is aiming to win the eighth title of his career this year which would pull him clear of Michael Schumacher. 

And Hulkenberg told RTL: “It’s very simple. Red Bull currently has the fastest car.

“The roles have been reversed compared to previous years. 

“Red Bull has lost less time during the winter due to the rule changes than Mercedes. That’s why they’re ahead of them now.

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It’s not over yet. I definitely wouldn’t write Mercedes off yet.  

“They still have something up their sleeve, especially in terms of the updates and improvements to their car.

“Max will fight for many Formula1 world titles during his career. At the moment he is surfing a nice wave of success, he is super confident and confident in his car too.” 

Hamilton recently signed a new two-year deal with the Silver Arrows, ending speculation over his future. 

The 36-year-old signed a deal in February but that only took him to the end of the current season.  

Williams driver George Russell had been widely tipped to replace Hamilton if he left Mercedes, and could still join if Valtteri Bottas moves on at the end of this year.

“I’m really pleased that Lewis is staying in the sport. He’s clearly a global superstar and is still riding at an exceptional level,” Russell told Motorsport Total.   

“I think he’s like a good wine, he gets better with age.

“Max and Red Bull seem very strong. But I’m sure Lewis will push. 

“Like I said, I think it’s really great for F1 that a guy like Lewis stays.”

Pushed on his own future, Russell said: “Personally, I want to compete against the best drivers in the world.

“And I honestly think we have a really good group of drivers on the grid at the moment who deserve to be here.”
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