LEWIS HAMILTON has no chance of winning the British Grand Prix despite Mercedes making improvements to his car.
That’s the opinion of Hamilton’s ex-Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who reckons his former team’s performance is miles behind rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.
Nico Rosberg doubts Lewis Hamilton will be able to win at Silverstone ahead of Red Bull and FerrariCredit: Getty
Mercedes have made some upgrades to their cars but Rosberg isn’t convinced it will be enough for Hamilton tp clinch victory over his rivalsCredit: AFP
Mercedes have had a difficult start to the F1 season thus far.
Hamilton‘s yet to win a race and languishes in sixth spot in the F1 rankings.
While his Mercedes compatriot George Russell fares slightly better in fourth.
However, the Mercedes duo have a mountain to climb if they’re to catch up with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez who occupy first and second place respectively, with Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc in third.
And Rosberg, 37, doubts Hamilton or Russell’s resurgence will begin at Silverstone on July 3.
He said to Sky Sports, via the Mirror ahead of the epic race: “No they can’t win, no way.
“They’re still too far away from performance of Ferrari and Red Bull. They’re still miles away.”
Rosberg’s fears were shared by Mercedes’ technical director Mike Elliot who revealed his team are lagging behind Red Bull and Ferrari going into the race.
He said: “We will be bringing new bits to Silverstone, we will be trying to push the car forward, trying to get some pace from the car we’ve got or from the package we’ve got as well as the new bits we are going to add to it.
“I think at the same time though we have to be honest with ourselves and say that at the moment we are just a little bit behind those front runners in Ferrari and Red Bull. And in a normal race I think it is going to be tough.
“I think Silverstone will be a circuit that suits us a little bit better, like Barcelona did, but maybe it will be just a little bit difficult. Whatever happens we will push as hard as we can.
“Our drivers will push as hard as we can because we want to get back to winning. We want to win for the team, we definitely want to win and we want to win for you, the fans, so let’s see what happens.”
But Hamilton hopes Mercedes can get back to winning ways at Silverstone despite Rosberg and Elliot’s concerns.
The 37-year-old said a few weeks ago: “I hope by the time we get to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone we will have the car as we want it – to be able to fight with Ferrari and Red Bull.
“It would be nice if we can give them a run for their money at our home race.”
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