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Hamilton says respect for Vettel has grown since Baku 2017

28 Avril 2018

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) - Lewis Hamilton needs his luck to change in Azerbaijan.

Schumacher won five World Drivers' Championships in a row with Ferrari in the early 2000s, a run which the Italian constructors have since failed to repeat.

Verstappen must look at the first three races of the year as a learning curve and treat Baku as a chance to redeem himself and get his championship charge back on track.

"I think getting into the rhythm was the key and then understanding what the auto needs".

Despite a respectable finish at China, albeit aided by Verstappen's penalty in the closing stages, Hamilton will be mindful of mounting a comeback to the top step at Baku. "It's always easier to catch up than to be a pioneer".

"But this is the game, this year it's going to be extremely tough, there's always going to be six cars at least fighting for the win, and you really need to get everything flawless to make it happen".

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"It was not very easy to start with, so during the first practice we made a decision to switch to a different set-up", said Raikkonen.

"Last year, we were in a tough fight with Ferrari". That makes it crucial to find the right degree of downforce to produce enough speed but also grip in the slower corners.

Daniel Ricciardo, victor at China is on a high and Baku rewards the overtaking moves he is known for, but he will not be faster than Sebastian Vettel, and he can not depend on the safety auto. Tempers flared, with Hamilton and Vettel making contact behind the safety vehicle. Two wins from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and one from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo have left the Mercedes driver nine points behind Vettel.

Perez will also be remembered for his one year stint at McLaren when he replaced Lewis Hamilton after the Briton made his move to Mercedes.

"The Ferraris and Red Bulls were quick here previous year and I anticipate it will be the same and we have no idea where we will be this weekend".

Man of the moment after winning in China two weekends ago, the Australian lapped the fast straights and turns of the street circuit with a best time of one minute 42.795 seconds on ultrasoft tyres. "If nothing has happened since then. if it's only then Red Bull, then that's where I am".

Ricciardo, who said he hasn't spoken with Ferrari or Mercedes yet, said he won't accept a faster vehicle if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

Montreal-born Lance Stroll steers his Williams during Friday practice at Baku City Circuit. Finishing first is obviously a great feeling, but it always feels better when you have come from further back.

Hamilton says respect for Vettel has grown since Baku 2017