Hamilton marvels at Red Bull pace

Lewis Hamilton has said that the Red Bull team currently enjoys a ”ridiculous” advantage in terms of overall pace over his McLaren team.

The 2008 champion struggled to match the pace of Sebastian Vettel’s car in Bahrain, as well as the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, and acknowledged that there is work to do.

“The Red Bull is ridiculously faster than anyone else’s car,” Hamilton told the British media. “It’s insane. The downforce they had on their car last year was at some points just about double what we had.

“Even at the end of the year they had so much more than us, even though we had won a couple of grands prix.

“They have both got the fastest car by quite a big step. They should be quite a lot further ahead in general.”

The star said that Ferrari were comparatively within his reach.

“Fernando I think was very quick in the race and they are obviously a little bit closer, but it’s a good half second [deficit],” said Hamilton.

The Englishman said that Mercedes were roughly at the same performance level as his McLaren concern, there being added spice to that particular battle with Hamilton’s customer team fighting their works rivals.

“We are kind of on the same level as Mercedes I would say. We just did maybe a better job at the weekend but it’s a battle between us and Mercedes to see who can step up and improve faster and do a better job.”