Ferrari is likely to have a “slight edge” at the Spanish grand prix this weekend.
That is the admission of McLaren rookie Lewis Hamilton, who has once again been followed to the formula one paddock by the near-unprecedented excitement of the British press corps.
“It’s going to be extremely difficult this weekend,” he warned reporters at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Hamilton said: “Ferrari are extremely competitive. The test here suggests that we have made a significant step forward, and I hope we have closed the gap, but I think they will still have a slight edge.”
The 22-year-old has also been quoted as setting out his charge for a title assault this year, leading to renewed suggestions that his world champion teammate Fernando Alonso may be getting frustrated with the attention the rookie Briton is attracting.
But in Barcelona, Alonso rejected team boss Ron Dennis’ recent claim that he spoke with him about the issue in Bahrain.
“Well, I had no conversation with Ron, so that is not true and I feel very good,” he said.